Forgiveness for intimate partner violence: The influence of victim and offender variables

Jo Ann Tsang, Matthew S. Stanford

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Abstract

We examined victim and offender correlates of forgiveness for intimate partner violence. Participants were from couples (132 women, 75 men) in which males were convicted of intimate partner violence and court-ordered into an intervention program. In women, empathy and general religiousness positively related to forgiveness, but attributions of blame were unrelated to forgiveness. Several dispositional variables in men were associated with forgiveness in women. Men who were more dominant were more likely to be forgiven, but men with more psychological problems were less likely to be forgiven. Many offender effects were mediated by women's state empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-664
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

Keywords

  • Close relationships
  • Forgiveness
  • Intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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