‘“She Tells Me I'm Pushy” is More Likely than the Man Directly Admitting to Being Pushy’: Practitioners’ Views on Screening and Assessing Risk of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Abstract

Domestic and family violence (DFV) and sexual violence intersect, with sexual violence often perpetrated by an intimate partner alongside other forms of DFV. While DFV perpetrator interventions are commonly used in response to DFV perpetration, scant research has considered how these interventions identify and address sexual violence, including intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV). Drawing on the findings from an Australian study which involved a survey of 97 practitioners, this paper explores screening and risk assessment of IPSV within the DFV perpetrator intervention context. The research findings demonstrate limited screening and risk assessment of IPSV, particularly when compared to other forms of DFV. This demonstrates a clear need for focused attention on IPSV as part of broader efforts to hold perpetrators accountable for all forms of DFV.

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Published: 2023-12-12
Issue:Online First
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How to Cite
Helps, N. (2023) “‘‘She Tells Me I’m Pushy’ is More Likely than the Man Directly Admitting to Being Pushy’: Practitioners’ Views on Screening and Assessing Risk of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.3072.

Author Biography

Monash Unviersity
 Australia

Nicola Helps is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre at Monash University (Victoria, Australia). Her research examines the identification, assessment and responses to domestic and family violence perpetration, with a particular interest in behaviour change interventions.