Is there an Association between Age and Intimate Partner Violence?

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Elizabeth Anderson
Gary Dick


By Elizabeth Anderson, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: 207

Abstract: In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are experiencing intimate partner violence. The purpose of this study is to see if age affects whether a person is more likely to experience intimate partner violence. This study is a quantitative research project that wanted to see if a certain age group is more likely to experience intimate partner violence. Using data from the service organization Women Helping Women, this study grouped the clients who called the hotline into age groups (0-17, 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+) and looked at which age group called the most. The study also analyzed which age group had the most hospital accompaniments for domestic violence. Now, the results found in this study are very interesting. When looking at just hotline calls, the age group 0-17 called the crisis hotline the most, with over 50% of calls coming from that age group. The second largest group that called was the 25-34-year-olds, with 17% of calls coming from them. But when analyzing the graph that has hospital accompaniment, it seems the data increases and is at the highest in the 25-34 year-olds but after that, it steadily decreases as the age increases. So it seems while more people ages 0-17 are calling the crisis hotline, experiencing intimate partner violence increases as you reach your 20s and steadily decreases after you reach your 40s.

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Category: Health and Well-Being