Original ArticleThe relationship between severity of violence in the home and dating violenceSims, Eva Nowakowski PhD, LCSW, MPH1; Dodd, Virginia J. Noland PhD, MPH2; Tejeda, Manuel J. PhD3 Author Information 1Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida 2Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 3Barry University – ASB, Miami Shores, Florida Correspondence Eva Nowakowski Sims, PhD, LCSW, MPH, Barry University School of Social Work; E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Received: October 4, 2007; accepted: March 14, 2008 Journal of Forensic Nursing 4(4):p 166-173, December 2008. Buy Abstract This study used propositions from the social learning theory to explore the effects of the combined influences of child maltreatment, childhood witness to parental violence, sibling violence, and gender on dating violence perpetration using a modified version of the Conflict Tactics Scale 2 (CTS2). A weighted scoring method was utilized to determine how severity of violence in the home impacts dating violence perpetration. Bivariate correlations and linear regression models indicate significant associations between child maltreatment, sibling violence perpetration, childhood witness to parental violence, gender, and subsequent dating violence perpetration. Multiple regression analyses indicate that for men, history of severe violence victimization (i.e., child maltreatment and childhood witness to parental violence) and severe perpetration (sibling violence) significantly predict dating violence perpetration. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.