Associations Between Perceived Physical Safety, Disengagement, and Trust in a Cohabiting Relationship
Physical violence in cohabiting relationships is prevalent and is associated with mental and physical health problems. Indeed, domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime committed in the United States (NCADV 2015). From 2003-2012, more than one-third of domestic violence cases that occurred between intimate partners were serious violent crimes and 64% were simple assault (U.S. DoJ 2014). Although rates of domestic violence have decreased 67% since the Violence Against Women act was passed in 1994 (NCADV 2015), the fact that serious domestic violence still happens is simply enough ...
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