Table 2

Acts of Aggression According to Reports by Partner

Women (n = 22)Men (n = 22)*Pearson χ2χp
Mild violence
    Threw something9(14)23
    Twisted hair or arm5(7)27
    Pushed or shoved18(20)64
    Any mild violence23(27)647.50.006
Severe violence
    Used weapon5(2)5
    Slammed into wall0(3)23
    Beat up5(5)36
    Knocked unconscious0(0)9
    Partner needed med. attention0(0)9
    Broke bone0(0)5
    Partner felt pain next day5(5)50
    Any severe violence19(15)648.78.003
Sexual violence
    Forced oral sex0(1)5
    Forced sex with weapon0(1)5
    Threat of forced sex0(3)5
    Any sexual violence05
Psychological aggression
    Called names18(8)45
    Called a lousy lover0(4)5
    Behaved spitefully9(13)37
    Threatened to throw or hit5(7)14
    Stomped out of room14(20)59
    Destroyed something9(7)23
    Any psychological57(61)968.84.003
  • Data are percentage reportedly engaged in each type of aggression.

  • * Numbers in parentheses indicate the percentage of men in the full sample (n = 75) who reported that their female partners engaged in the acts of aggression.