Published: March, 2016| Sherry Hamby, TK Logan, Teri Faragher

This webinar explores the ways in which the measurement of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) has systematically mis-represented gender patterns. More particularly, the presenters discuss how assessing physical assault in ways that capture too many incidents of horseplay and joking around renders sexual victimization invisible. Current research surveillance of homicide systematically under-represents male IPV, because current homicide databases categorize “collateral” IPV victims, such as children, family members, or women’s new partners without contextualizing their killings. Such multiple victim homicides are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men. 

Finally, issues and challenges related to assessing coercive control and cyber-abuse are discussed and assessment tools are recommended.