Partner Violence

A New Paradigm for Understanding Conflict Escalation

  • Zeev Winstok

Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


As domestic violence continues to be a focus of social and psychological concern, two basic contradictory viewpoints endure: one rooted in male power dynamics, the other maintaining that both genders use and are victimized by violence. Although both sides have their merits, neither has adequately answered the crucial question: What causes conflict to escalate into violence?

Partner Violence: A New Paradigm for Understanding Conflict Escalation adds a third, escalation-focused paradigm to the debate, addressing the limitations of the two dominant perspectives in a comprehensive scholarly approach. This concise yet comprehensive volume examines key gender- and non-gender-related violence issues and sets out a compelling behavioral argument that using violence to control others is a rational choice. Its theoretical and empirical foundations support an in-depth study of escalating aggression in violent relationships, both throughout periods of chronic conflict and in single violent episodes. This analysis promotes a broader and deeper understanding of partner violence, suitable to developing more finely targeted, effective, and lasting interventions.

Among the key topics featured are:

• Gender differences in aggressive tendencies.
• Dominance, control, and violence.
• Partner violence as planned behavior.
• The process leading to partner violence.
• Partner conflict dynamics throughout relationship periods and within conflicts.
• Gender differences in escalatory intentions.

Partner Violence is an important volume for researchers, graduate students, and clinicians/professionals across various disciplines, including personality and social psychology, criminology, public health, clinical psychology, sociology, and social work.


Conflict escalation Domestic violence Dominance and control Dynamics of partner conflicts Family violence Gender differences in perpetration and victimization Gender paradigm anomaly Gender symmetry Hostile attribution Intended violence Interpersonal conflict Partner aggression Partner violence Partner violence observation units Physical violence Planned behavior Psychological violence Relationship duration and partner violence Relationship stages and partner violence Social information processing Violence against women Violence as a rational choice

Authors and affiliations

  • Zeev Winstok
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4567-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4568-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-5642
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