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Measuring Intimate Partner Violence, Partner Sexual Abuse, and Stalking: Considerations and Critiques

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March 22, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 central time

Presented by: Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South; TK Logan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky

Content: Sherry Hamby will explore ways in which the measurement of intimate partner violence (IPV) has systematically mis-represented gender patterns. More particularly, she will discuss how assessing physical assault in ways that capture too many incidents of horseplay and joking around renders sexual victimization invisible. Even research surveillance of homicide systematically under-represents male IPV, because current homicide databases categorize “collateral” IPV victims, such as children, family members, or women’s new partners without contextualizing their killings. Such multiple victim homicides are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men. Finally, issues and challenges related to assessing coercive control and cyber-abuse will be discussed. Assessment tools will be recommended.

TK Logan will examine the shortcomings in the current assessment/measurement of both intimate partner sexual violence and stalking in order to facilitate a better understanding of the scope and nature of IPV. Understanding the nature and scope of the ways women have been forced to live will better acknowledge the full extent of survivor experiences and help pave the way for more nuanced appreciation of the impact of these “invisible assaults” and for holding offenders fully accountable for their actions.

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