Title

The definition and nature of domestic violence

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Nova Science Publishers

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science/Social Justice Research Centre

RAS ID

18118

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Allan, A. , & Allan, M. M. (2014). The definition and nature of domestic violence. In Taylor, M. F., Pooley, J. A., & Taylor, R. S. (Eds.). Overcoming Domestic Violence: Creating a Dialogue Around Vulnerable Populations (pp. 11-27).United States: Nova Science Publishers.

Abstract

We define domestic violence broadly in this chapter to reflect the richness of the contributions of the other authors in this book but also to challenge readers, researchers, policymakers and clinicians to think beyond the traditional conceptualisation of the construct. In the rest of the chapter we briefly analyse the key role trust plays in the dynamics of domestic violence before examining the different forms domestic violence can take, the personal characteristics that may predispose people to become perpetrators and/or victims and what factors make people vulnerable. After considering the consequences of domestic violence to primary and secondary victims and society we examine its prevalence.

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