Consistency and Inconsistency of Young Women’s Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence in a Population-Based Study

Ingrid J. Rowlands, Carl Holder, Peta M. Forder, Kelsey Hegarty, Annette J. Dobson, Deborah Loxton

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We examined reporting of lifetime intimate partner violence (IPV) among 7,917 young women who completed two surveys, 12 months apart. At the first survey, 32% reported a history of IPV with a current or former partner. Of these, one third of women did not report IPV 12 months later (inconsistently reported IPV). Compared with women who consistently reported a history of IPV, women who inconsistently reported a history of IPV were less likely to report suicidal ideation, self-harm, illicit drug use, and smoking at the 12-month follow-up. A deeper understanding of what influences young women’s reporting of IPV is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-377
Number of pages19
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • intimate partner violence
  • mental health
  • population-based study
  • young women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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