One in five men in the United States have committed a physical act of violence toward his spouse or significant other, according to new research from the University of Michigan. The findings are based on the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication from 2001-2003, and support the premise that intimate partner violence (IPV) crosses all socio-demographic lines.
The researchers also found that IPV was associated with physical warning signs, along with substance use disorder and a history of experiencing or witnessing violence as a child.
In a press release, lead author Dr. Vijay Singh said:
“Our research shows that male perpetrators of intimate partner violence seek routine medical services, and they have physical symptoms that are common reasons patients seek medical care. This suggests that we may be missing an important opportunity in the primary care setting to identify their aggressive behavior and potentially intervene.”
The study, “Characteristics of Men Who Perpetrate Intimate Partner Violence,” appeared in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.