Concluding thoughts: Domestic violence and possible pathways forward

Document Type

Journal Article


Nova Science Publishers

Place of Publication

New York, USA.


Taylor, M.F., Pooley, J.A., & Taylor, R.S.


School of Medical and Health Sciences




Taylor, M., & Pooley, J.A. (2015). Concluding thoughts: Domestic violence and possible pathways forward. In Taylor, M.F., Pooley, J.A., & Taylor, R.S.(eds.) Overcoming Domestic Violence: Creating a Dialogue around Vulnerable Populations (pp. 351-358). New York, USA. Nova Science Publishers. Available here.


The Editors of this book have provided a wide range of research evidence in their attempt to broaden the current understanding and debate about the nature of domestic violence (DV) in both localized and global settings. The complexity of addressing the DV issue can be understood when trying to determine a DV definition, accurate DV prevalence rates, factors which contribute to an individual being a victim, witness or perpetrator of DV, implementable ameliorating DV polices/interventions, identifying structural/cultural DV barriers and the list goes on. Moreover, the book‘s diverse chapters clearly reveal that DV is a loaded topic with many varied and sometimes conflicting viewpoints, thus, it is undoubtedly a perplexing societal issue for authorities to address. While, historically evidence reveals the existence of DV in past human civilizations, it is somewhat ironic that in the 21st century we are still trying to define, determine prevalence rates, identify vulnerability factors and devise interventions. However, one positive for society is that as a global community we are willing to embrace new understandings of the DV problem, as well as, initiatives which can be put in place to reduce its occurrence. With this in mind it is important that we as scholars, collectively, unequivocally, and upfront state that we do not agree with any form of domestic violence for it is destructive to all involved (primary and secondary victims, perpetrators, and witnesses).

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