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Situational couple violence, also called common couple violence, is not connected to general control behavior, but arises in a single argument where one or both partners physically lash out at the other.
This is the most common form of intimate partner violence, particularly in the western world and among young couples, and involves members of both sexes nearly equally.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines intimate partner violence as "any behaviour within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm to those in the relationship".
The HITS is a four-item scale rated on a 5-point Likert scale from 1 (never) to 5 (frequently).
Internal reliability and concurrent validity are acceptable.
If the abuse is more severe, it is more likely to have chronic effects on victims because the long-term effects of abuse tend to be cumulative.