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Public norms and beliefs as predictors of the propensity to intervene against Intimate Partner Violence

Conference contribution
Authors Helen Alfredsson
Karl Ask
Chris von Borgstede
Published in 12th European Association of Psychology and Law conference, 10-13 april, 2012, Nicosia, Cypern
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords intimate partner violence, norms, beliefs, intervention
Subject categories Psychology


A survey using a community-based sample (N = 650) was conducted to identify motivational and cognitive predictors of individuals’ propensity to intervene against intimate partner violence (IPV). A hierarchical regression analysis showed that motivational factors accounted for the greatest proportion of the variance in self-reported propensity. Specifically, personal norm (i.e., an individual’s felt obligation to intervene) was the strongest individual predictor, followed by affective response (i.e., the extent to which an individual responds to IPV with negative emotions). Although cognitive factors were generally less predictive, the propensity to intervene was significantly higher for respondents who perceived IPV as a prevalent issue, who did not attribute IPV to societal causes, and who did not view the perpetrator as responsible for the solution of IPV. The findings suggest that attempts to facilitate public intervention should target specific, rather than general, aspects of public norms and beliefs about IPV.

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