Topic: Violence and abuse

Violence, health and revictimization; a longitudinal study

Several earlier studies have described an increased risk of being subjected to new episodes of violence in adulthood if one has experienced violence during childhood. This phenomenon is called revictimization. The risk of being revictimized during adulthood for children and youth that have been exposed to violence seems to be relatively high. Revictimization seems to be connected to negative health development (Fellitti, 1998). Revictimization studies have primarily focused on one type of violence, sexual abuse. Meanwhile, it seems that the risk of being revictimized is not limited to the specific type of violence one has already been exposed to. For this reason, it is important to study which factors are associated with the different types of revictimization. Previous research does not clarify the mechanisms involved in connecting exposure to violence during childhood to being revictimized in adulthood and new research is therefore in demand. This study is based on findings in the NKVTS prevalence study (T1). A new questionnaire with more in-depth questions concerning re-victimization will be provided during the two subsequent data collections (T2 and T3).  

2015 This project has been completed 2020

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The primary aim of the project is to establish knowledge of factors that are associated with the risk of being revictimized for adolescents and young adults. Furthermore the study will produce knowledge concerning the associative factors between being exposed to violence and abuse, revictimization and health. The findings of this research can be used for preventative measures.


This is a follow-up study of individuals that participated in the 2013 “Safety, violence and quality of life in Norway” (T1) survey. Participants that reported severe violence during their childhood (before the age of 18 years) are selected from the T1 data collection. A control group will be chosen from respondents of T1 that are of the same sex and age, yet who have not reported similar exposure to violence.   All participants that are re-contacted have already agreed to be re-contacted during the T1 survey (91% answered positively to being re-contacted).

The telephone interviews, will be conducted by Ipsos MMI for the subsequent data collections T2 and T3.

The following variable groups will be investigated: introduction and exposure to violence, health, health behavior, social support, childhood living conditions and environment, present life situation and demography.



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