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Combating Intimate Partner Violence

NORC informs and evaluates anti-violence initiatives

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men age 18 and over have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In addition to death and injuries, intimate partner violence has been linked to a host of other adverse health and social outcomes. For several years now, NORC has been helping policymakers, health care and social service providers, educators, and law enforcement officials better understand and develop programs meant to prevent intimate partner violence.

Nearly five decades of research have suggested there’s a strong association between exhibiting violent behavior and being a victim of violence. NORC and the University of Iowa have launched the nationally representative Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution (iCOR) Study. Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), iCOR examines how the nature of interpersonal conflict and individual conflict management styles influence the overlap between victimization and perpetration in aggressive conflicts. Unique to this study, iCOR researchers are comparing longitudinal patterns of conflict and resolution across different relationship contexts to understand the differences and similarities for offenders and victims within intimate partnerships, friendships, and interactions with strangers.

The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers affordable health care and other services to millions of Americans. NORC is supporting HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health to develop and implement an agency-wide strategy for addressing intimate partner violence through HRSA’s programs, policies, and activities.

In 2013, with NIJ funding NORC launched the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV), the first comprehensive national survey of teen dating violence in the United States to combine data from both young people and their parents or caregivers. Using STRiV data across six annual surveys as teens age into young adulthood, NORC researchers are assessing patterns in aggressive and violent relationship behaviors over time, investigating the nature and impact of varying relationship dynamics, and analyzing disparities associated with adolescent relationship aggression in vulnerable populations.