Forced sex and intimate partner violence: Effects on women's risk and women's health

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Karen L. Soeken

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Abstract

A volunteer community sample of 159 primarily (77%) African American battered women were interviewed about forced sex by their partner (or ex-partner). Almost half (45.9%) of the sample had been sexually assaulted as well as physically abused. Except for ethnicity, there were no demographic differences between those who were forced into sex and those who were not, and there was no difference in history of child sexual abuse. However, those who were sexually assaulted had higher scores on negative health symptoms, gynecological symptoms, and risk factors for homicide even when controlling for physical abuse and demographic variables. The number of sexual assaults (childhood, rape, and intimate partner) was significantly correlated with depression and body image.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1035
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume5
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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