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Prevalence and Risks of Physical and Sexual Violence against Women by Nonintimates: An Exploratory Study across Nine Countries

NCJ Number
Victims and Offenders Volume: 6 Issue: 4 Dated: October - December 2011 Pages: 399-415
Veronique Jaquier; Bonnie S. Fisher; Holly Johnson
Date Published
October 2012
17 pages
This article examines research on violence against women involving nonintimates.
Research on violence against women involving nonintimates is a relatively understudied area. This research note presents data for nine countries participating in the International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS), including estimates of physical and sexual violence perpetrated by acquaintances and strangers and multivariate models assessing the effects of respondent age, source of income, current relationship status, and previous victimization experiences. Results show that there is considerable variation among countries in the prevalence and predictors of nonintimate violence. This suggests that women in different countries may be exposed to nonintimate violence under different circumstances. These results underscore the need for in-depth research to better understand the broader cultural, social, and economic contexts in which women are exposed to a range of violent experiences. (Published Abstract)