Prevalence and Persistence: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence Victimization Trends in the Military




Rayha, Kara

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The purpose of the current study was to examine prevalence rates of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victimization among military personnel across time. Findings from this study will expand the current understanding of IPV in the military by identifying patterns in prevalence rates across time and demographic categories. Additionally, the analysis of sexual IPV victimization among male military members in this study will contribute to the body of research on male sexual victimization which has been limited. Overall, the findings of this study can help to inform and inspire increased prevention efforts targeted towards those most at risk for experiencing IPV victimization. To assess IPV prevalence in the military, we analyzed data from the Defense Medical Epidemiological Database (DMED), a subset of the Defense Medical Surveillance System. This longitudinal database, validated by Department of Defense personnel data, stratifies information by various demographic factors. Utilizing one sample Chi-Square tests, we examined IPV prevalence across demographics, comparing observed proportions to expected values based on military-wide distributions. Significant differences were identified across time and demographic categories, highlighting both over- and under-representation of specific subgroups.



Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, Victimization