Online Program

Sexual assault victimization among male victims of partner violence

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Denise Hines, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Emily Douglas, Ph.D., Department of Social Work, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
Research has established the risk of coexisting sexual assault (SA) victimization among female physical partner violence (PV) victims, but there is little research on this issue among male physical PV victims. We assessed SA victimization from female intimate partners in a sample of 581 male physical PV victims who sought help for their victimization (Mean Age = 44.21, SD = 9.37; 64.9% White). We also assessed their lifetime trauma history and current mental and physical health. 48.1% of the men reported SA victimization from their female PV perpetrators: 43.5% reported verbal coercion to engage in vaginal, oral, and/or anal (VOA) sex; 25.0% reported the use of threats and/or physical force to engage in VOA sex. Logistic regression showed that greater history of trauma exposure, partner's lower educational attainment, younger age of the participant, and being non-White independently predicted SA victimization. MANOVAs showed that in comparison to physical PV victims only, victims who also experienced SA had significantly poorer physical health, more PTSD symptoms, and more depression symptoms. Chi-squares analyses showed that in comparison to physical PV victims only, victims who also experienced SA were significantly more likely to sustain a physical injury (79.9% v. 63.5%), a physical injury requiring medical attention (46.4% v. 31.6%), the clinical cut-off for PTSD (53.7% v. 35.9%), and the clinical cut-off for depression (78.3% v. 61.8%). Discussion focuses on the increased risks for male physical PV victims who also experience SA, and the necessity of assessing male PV victims for SA victimization as well.

Learning Areas:

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Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the sexual assault experiences of male partner violence victims. Explain how sexual assault victimization in male partner violence victims leads to poorer health outcomes.

Keyword(s): Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of two federally funded projects on male victims of partner violence and the author of over 10 published articles in peer-reviewed journals on this specific topic. My colleague and I are the only researchers to have received federal funding on this topics and to have published so extensively in this area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.