By: Waite, Linda J ed.
This researcher finds that married couples reported lower levels of domestic violence than did cohabiting couples: only 5% of married couples and 15% of cohabiting couples said that they or their spouse hit, shoved, or threw things. Respective male-to-female and female-to-male domestic violence rates are: 3.6% and 3.2% for married couples, 4.7% and 3.4% for engaged cohabiting couples, and 9.9% and 7.6% for unengaged cohabiting couples.
Ties that bind: Perspectives on marriage and cohabitation. Aldine Transaction: New York.