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Culpability perceptions of intimate partner violence (IPV) are influenced by factors such as level of violence, gender, race, and who initiated the violence. The present study examined the impact of the racial composition of heterosexual relationship dyads on observers’ perception of either male-to-female intimate violence or female-to-male intimate violence. Several hypotheses were posed such that men and African Americans were attributed more responsibility for the violence. Respondents were presented with a vignette depicting a violent incident that manipulate whether the perpetrator is male or female, the racial identity of the perpetrator (White vs. African American), and the racial identity of the victim (White vs. African American) and is given a series of attributional questions assessing actors’ culpability for the violence. (dependent variables: temporal focus and focal actor) The analysis for this study will be a 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 X 2 factorial design. The results showed that there was only an effect of direction of violence (men were perceived more responsible than women overall for the violence) on IPV but not race (however there were tendencies indicating a potential relationship).