Childhood Sexual Abuse and Sociodemographic Factors Prospectively Associated with Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration Among South African Heterosexual Men

In Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Anne Teitelman and colleagues examine potential factors associated with intimate partner violence towards women among heterosexual men in South Africa. The researchers used longitudinal logistic equations to associate childhood sexual abuse and sociodemographic variables at baseline with intimate partner violence at subsequent time points. They found that among participants with a steady female partner, nearly 22% reported intimate partner violence within the last year. Factors associated with violence included: childhood sexual abuse, binge drinking, and employment status. Future research may more fully address gender-based violence by exploring these associated factors that may impact behavior later in life.