The Relationship between Family of Origin Violence, Interpersonal Victimization, and Race/Ethnicity in a College Sample

(Pages: 54-62)

LaVerne Mc Quiller Williams* and Judy L. Porter**

*College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
**Department of Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.


The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) to examine the extent of interpersonal victimization among a sample of female and male college students and whether these experiences vary by race or ethnicity, and 2) whether violence in the family of origin, namely childhood physical and/or sexual abuse, and witnessing interparental abuse, increases the risk of victimization. Results indicate that compared to white students, racial and ethnic minority students experience higher rates of interpersonal violence than white students. Findings also suggest some support for family of origin violence and subsequent victimization. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.


Abuse – psychological, child-maltreatment, physical; violence in family of origin; race/ethnicity; college students.