Normative misperceptions of abuse among perpetrators of intimate partner violence


This research was designed to evaluate the applicability of social norms approaches to interventions with male perpetrators of intimate partner violence (IPV). Participants included 124 nonadjudicated IPV perpetrating men recruited from the general population who completed assessment of their own IPV behaviors via telephone interviews and estimated the prevalence of behaviors in other men. Results indicated that IPV perpetrators consistently overestimated the percentage of men who engaged in IPV and that their estimates were associated with violence toward their partner over the past 90 days. Findings provide preliminary support for incorporating social norms approaches into clinical applications.



Domestic violence, Motivational interviewing, Social norms


Copyright 2010 Violence Against Women. This is a post-print version of a published paper that is available at: Recommended citation: Neighbors, Clayton, Denise D. Walker, Lyungai F. Mbilinyi, Allison O'Rourke, Jeffrey L. Edleson, Joan Zegree, and Roger A. Roffman. "Normative Misperceptions of Abuse Among Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence." Violence Against Women 16, no. 4 (2010): 370-386. doi: 10.1177/1077801210363608. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.