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CHARACTERISTICS OF PARTNER VIOLENCE
Where a person reported experiencing any type of violence by a current or previous partner, additional information was collected about the actions taken, consequences, and the impact of the violence over the course of the relationship. As a person may have experienced violence by both a current partner and a previous partner, information was collected separately about violence by both partner types. Where a person experienced violence by more than one previous partner, they were asked to focus on their most recently violent previous partner and what happened with that particular previous partner (note: this detailed information is not collected for all their violent previous partner relationships).
This provides a powerful dataset with comprehensive information for what happens when a person experiences:
Due to the relatively small numbers of men who have experienced violence by a current partner, it was not always possible to provide the same level of detailed information for men as for women. Many of the detailed estimates for men's experience of violence by a current partner are subject to very high sampling error (for further details refer to the Technical Note). For this reason only limited information on men's experience of violence by a current partner are included in the tables and commentary relating to violence by a current partner. This was also the case for some of the more detailed data regarding men's experience of violence by their most recently violent previous partner.
All differences and changes mentioned have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference in the two populations being tested. To determine whether there is a statistical difference between any other two estimates, significance testing should be undertaken. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.
As a person's actions will differ depending on the type of partner they have experienced violence by, conceptually it would be invalid to add together actions for violence by a current partner and violence by a previous partner. For example, if a person had contacted the police about the violence by their most recently violent previous partner but had never contacted police about the violence by their current partner, it is impossible to calculate an estimate of whether or not this person has contacted the police about "partner violence" - they both have and haven't. For further details refer to 'Interpretation of results' in the Explanatory Notes.