Men and intimate partner rape: characteristics of men who sexually abuse their partner

J Interpers Violence. 2006 Oct;21(10):1375-84. doi: 10.1177/0886260506291652.


This article explores men's use of sexual violence against their intimate partner. Although there is a growing body of information about men's use of physical violence, there is less data about men's sexual violence in intimate partnerships. Data were collected from 229 men who were enrolled in an intervention program for men who abuse. Of men in this study, 53% had sexually assaulted their partner at least one time. This article will address the ways in which this sample of men sexually abused their partner and the connection between physical and sexual abuse within their relationships.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Coercion*
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Men
  • Middle Aged
  • Power, Psychological
  • Rape / psychology*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires