Intimate partner violence and age
Research suggests that intimate partner violence (IPV) is most likely to occur among teenagers and young adults. This goes against the presumption of the Duluth Model that IPV occurs principally in relationships in which women are trapped under the patriarchal control of their husbands.
"In the area of demographic risk factors, older age is associated with decreased risk for IPV, with the peak seeming to occur quite early – in late adolescence and young adulthood. This is contrary to earlier views that IPV was related to entrapment in marriage (Stets & Straus, 1989) and inevitably got worse over time (Walker, 1989). --Capaldi et al"