Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 8, pp 1005–1008 | Cite as

Embracing the Complexity of Partner Violence from a Violent Events Perspective

Original Article


Despite growing evidence suggesting diverse manifestations of partner violence (PV) perpetrated by both men and women, a ‘violence against women’ perspective still appears to dominate theory, research, and policy responses. This article emphasizes the complexity of PV and argues that it can be embraced through the integration of contextual approaches. This can be done by (1) conceptualizing PV as a gender-inclusive, dynamic, and multidimensional phenomenon; (2) applying a violent events perspective to measuring the dynamics of violence in relationships; and (3) promoting a transformative change at the level of social policy that would embrace both women’s and men’s diverse experiences of PV, and thus achieve equality-based justice.


Violent events perspective Violence against women Contextual approach Escalation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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