Table of Contents
Journal of Criminology
Volume 2014, Article ID 897093, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/897093
Research Article

Violence in Intimate Relationships: A Comparison between Married and Dating Couples

1School of Psychology, University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
2Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Fernando Pessoa, Praça 9 de Abril, 349, 4249-004 Porto, Portugal

Received 17 April 2014; Revised 13 July 2014; Accepted 29 July 2014; Published 28 August 2014

Academic Editor: Julianne C. Flanagan

Copyright © 2014 Carla Machado et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study examines the attitudes about intimate violence and compares the prevalence of abuse reported by married and dating participants, by type of abuse and sex of respondent. A sample of 3,716 participants, aged 15 to 67 years, filled in one attitudinal questionnaire and a self-report instrument on abuse perpetration and victimization. Attitudinal data revealed a general disapproval of violence use, with greater violence support among males and married participants. When comparing violence in both relational contexts, we found that, in terms of perpetration, more dating partners reported physical abuse and severe forms of physical abuse than married partners. Suggestions for future research are discussed.