Juxtaposing beliefs and reality: prevalence rates of intimate partner violence and attitudes to violence and gender roles reported by New Zealand women

Violence Against Women. 2010 Jul;16(7):812-31. doi: 10.1177/1077801210373710.


This study documents the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) for four ethnic groups and explores ethnic-specific differences and similarities in women's attitudes. Data are from a cross-sectional survey of 2,674 ever-partnered women aged 18 to 64 years. High rates of IPV among all ethnic groups reinforce the need to retain and expand current prevention and intervention efforts. Violence was not regarded as normative for any ethnic group. All women, but Pacific and Asian women in particular, would benefit from interventions that reinforce women's acceptance of seeking and utilizing outside intervention in cases of partner maltreatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude / ethnology*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Gender Identity*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand
  • Prevalence
  • Racial Groups*
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Spouse Abuse / ethnology*
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult