Prevalence of types of perpetration: gender and patterns of intimate partner violence within a prison sample in Singapore

Jac Brown*, Diane Chew

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    It has been reported in Western research on intimate partner violence (IPV) that there are similar rates between males and females (Filbert, 2010). The objective of this study was to compare male and female prisoners from Singapore on rates of IPV as well as the Johnson (2006) types of IPV. Women (n = 75) self-reported higher rates of physical IPV perpetration in the past year (64.0%) than (n = 75) did men (46.1%). Women reported similar rates of IPV for themselves and their partners in the past year (64.0%), while men reported slightly more physical IPV for themselves (46.1%) than they did for their female partners (41.3%). In line with Johnson (2006), rates of intimate terrorism were calculated between 5% and 7% for themselves and their partners, with little variation due to gender. Violent resistance (VR) was calculated at between 2.1% and 7%, with more female than male VR reported for women. Much higher rates of situational couple violence was calculated for both males and females, ranging from 53.3% to 66.7% in the past year, while mutual violent control was significantly lower, ranging from between 14.8% to 20.0%, with data being discussed in relation to patriarchal and family violence perspectives. We concluded that the rates of IPV between males and females were very similar as were the types of IPV. Further research with other cultures should be encouraged for comparison with Western samples.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)883-901
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
    Issue number8
    Early online date5 Apr 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2018


    • gender symmetry
    • intimate partner violence
    • intimate terrorism
    • mutual couple violence
    • prisoners
    • Singapore
    • situational couple violence
    • violent resistance


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