Violent partners or a specific class of offenders? A criminal career approach to understanding men involved in intimate partner sexual violence

Julien Chopin, Francis Fortin, Sarah Paquette, Jean-Pierre Guay, Olivier Péloquin, Eric Chartrand

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The current study investigates the criminal career of individuals involved in intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV). Specifically, the goal is to determine whether men who engage in IPSV can be distinguished from those who engage in intimate partner non sexual violence (IPNSV) only and whether criminal trajectories in the resulting subgroup are heterogeneous. The sample comes from a Canadian database including a total of 12,458 individuals involved in IPSV and 32,474 individuals involved in IPNSV). Bivariate and multivariate analyses are performed to examine the differences in the two groups while latent profile analysis allows examining the heterogeneity of characteristics of men who engaged in IPSV. Findings indicate that the criminal career of men who engage in IPSV follows a pattern that is clearly distinct from that of men who engage in IPNSV only and is more specialized in terms of sexual offenses. Results also show that the criminal trajectories followed by the men who engage in IPSV are heterogeneous. Four profiles of different trajectories were identified. Both theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Early online date27 Dec 2023
Publication statusEarly online - 27 Dec 2023


  • intimate partner sexual violence
  • criminal career
  • comparison
  • criminal trajectories

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