Although domestic violence may refer to all aspects of family violence this chapter focuses on violence within an intimate relationship. 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.1 There is little published information concerning the remaining 5% of incidents, most of which occur between homosexual partners (male or female) and are even more likely than heterosexual abuse to be unreported by victims and unrecognized by clinicians.
KeywordsDomestic Violence Female Partner Family Violence Borderline Personality Disorder Battered Woman
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