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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 590973, 12 pages
Research Article

Investigating Violence and Control Dyadically in a Help-Seeking Sample from Mozambique

1School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire and School of Psychology, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
2Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
3Division of Social Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
4Department of Public Health Sciences, Institution for Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden

Received 31 October 2011; Accepted 22 December 2011

Academic Editors: C. M. Beasley, C. González-Blanch, and K. F. Harrington

Copyright © 2012 Nicola Graham-Kevan 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.


A sample of 1442 women attending a Forensic Healthcare Service provided information on their own and their partners' use of controlling behaviors, partner violence, and sexual abuse, as well as their own experiences of childhood abuse. Using Johnson's typology, the relationships were categorized as Nonviolent, Intimate Terrorism, or Situational Couple Violence. Findings suggest that help-seeking women’s experiences of intimate violence may be diverse, with their roles ranging from victim to perpetrator.