The definition and nature of domestic violence
Nova Science Publishers
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science/Social Justice Research Centre
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.