Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Domestic Violence, Overview

  • Jamie Franco-Zamudio
  • Aislinn Shevlin
  • Nathan Tenhundfeld
  • Victoria Gonzalez
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_374


Domestic violence is an issue that affects men, women, and children from all backgrounds, with over one million reported cases each year in the United States alone (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2003). While a majority of victims continue to primarily be heterosexual females, no person is immune to domestic violence. The prevailing cultural notion that domestic violence is a private or personal family matter rather than a justice issue, along with shame and fear often cited by victims, prevents many from coming forward to report these crimes. The lack of accurate statistics and the lack of awareness regarding the complexities surrounding domestic violence (in particular, the effects of the batterer’s attempts to exert power and control over their partners) have led to misconceptions about domestic violence. This can be detrimental, because societal perceptions of domestic violence can have an effect on the support for social policy and services...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamie Franco-Zamudio
    • 1
  • Aislinn Shevlin
    • 1
  • Nathan Tenhundfeld
    • 1
  • Victoria Gonzalez
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Science, Department of PsychologySpring Hill CollegeMobileUSA