Domestic Violence

  • Valerie J. Gilchrist
  • Melinda Strouse Graham


“Domestic violence is an extensive, pervading, and entrenched problem in the United States. It is an outrage to women and the entire American family.”1 Although “domestic violence” sometimes refers to all aspects of family violence—child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse—this chapter focuses on violence within an intimate relationship either past or present. Ninety-five percent of such abuse involves a man abusing his female partner. Although several studies have shown an almost equal number of episodes of violence perpetrated by men and women, the context, intent, and outcome of these episodes result in injury and fear in the female partner.2–4 There is little published information concerning the remaining 5% of incidents, the majority of which occur between homosexual partners (male or female) and which are even more likely than heterosexual abuse to be unreported by victims and unrecognized by clinicians.2


American Medical Association Family Violence Borderline Personality Disorder Battered Woman Spouse Abuse 
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  • Valerie J. Gilchrist
  • Melinda Strouse Graham

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