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The relationship between the development of general offending and intimate partner violence perpetration in young adulthood

Verbruggen, Janna, Maxwell, Christopher D. and Robinson, Amanda L. ORCID: 2022. The relationship between the development of general offending and intimate partner violence perpetration in young adulthood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 37 (3-4) , pp. 1179-1205. 10.1177/0886260520922340

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This study examined how patterns in general offending relate to the occurrence of and likelihood of persistence in intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration in young adulthood. The study used longitudinal data from the cohort of 18 year olds from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods study. Self-reported offending was measured in all three waves, and data on IPV were collected in Waves 1 and 3. Group-based trajectory modeling identified three distinct general offending trajectory groups: non-offenders, low-rate offenders, and high-rate offenders. The majority of respondents engaged in psychological IPV perpetration, and half of all young adults reported physical IPV, but prevalence rates decreased over the waves. Binary logistic regression analyses showed that those involved in offending, especially those who showed a diverse offending pattern, were at increased risk of perpetrating psychological and (severe) physical IPV, as well as to show persistence in the different forms of IPV perpetration. The findings highlight an important overlap between general crime and IPV perpetration. In recognition that IPV is often part of a broader pattern of antisocial behavior, interventions should focus on interrupting the criminal careers of all young offenders to reduce the prevalence and harms of IPV.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0886-2605
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 2 April 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 04:10

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