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Uncovering neighbourhood influences on intimate partner violence using concept mapping
  1. Patricia O’Campo1,2,
  2. Jessica Burke2,
  3. Geri Lynn Peak2,3,
  4. Karen A McDonnell4,
  5. Andrea C Gielen5
  1. 1Centre for Research on Inner City health, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  3. 3Two Gems Consulting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  4. 4Maternal and Child Health Program, George Washington University School of Public Health, Washington DC, USA
  5. 5Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P O’Campo
 Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 1W8;


While neighbourhood influences on the risk of intimate partner violence have been reported, this body of research has suffered from a lack of strong theoretical and conceptual guidance, and few studies have examined the potential pathways from neighbourhoods to intimate partner violence. This paper used concept mapping methods with 37 women who were residents of Baltimore City to obtain cluster maps representing the important neighbourhood domains that affect the prevalence, perpetration, severity, and cessation of intimate partner violence. Domains important for intimate partner severity and perpetration differed from those important for cessation of intimate partner violence. Finally, diagrams of the domains, drawn by the concept mapping participants, illustrated the pathways by which neighbourhood characteristics potentially influence intimate partner violence severity, perpetration, and cessation. These results can be used to generate testable hypotheses regarding neighbourhood influences on intimate partner violence in future quantitative research and to inform the design of public health intimate partner violence programmes.

  • intimate partner violence
  • qualitative research
  • urban health
  • neighbourhoods

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  • Funding: This research was supported by grant R01/CCR 318515–01 from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 2R01MH53821 from the National Institutes for Mental Health.

  • Conflicts of interest: none declared.

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