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

Introduction

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...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access

References

  1. Bornstein, R. F. (2006). The complex relationship between dependency and domestic violence: Converging psychological factors and social forces. American Psychologist, 61(6), 595–606.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Brownridge, D. A. (2002). Cultural variation in male partner violence against women: A comparison of Québec with the rest of Canada. Violence Against Women, 8(1), 87–115.Google Scholar
  3. Domestic Abuse Interventions Programs. (n.d.). Stop violence in your community. Retrieved from http://www.theduluthmodel.org/stop-violence/index.html
  4. Dutton, D. G. (2007). The complexities of domestic violence. American Psychologist, 62(7), 708–709.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Fine, M., & Weis, L. (1998). The unknown city: The lives of poor and working-class young adults. Boston: Beacon Press.Google Scholar
  6. Goodman, L. A., & Smyth, K. F. (2011). A call for a social network-oriented approach to services for survivors of intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence, 1(2), 79–92.Google Scholar
  7. Grych, J. H., & Swan, S. C. (2012). Toward a more comprehensive understanding of interpersonal violence: Introduction to the special issue on interconnections among different types of violence. Psychology of Violence, 2, 105–110.Google Scholar
  8. Haaken, J. (2010). Hard knocks: Domestic violence and the psychology of storytelling. London: RoutledgeGoogle Scholar
  9. Hanna, C. (2002). Domestic violence. Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. Retrieved from http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Domestic_violence.aspx
  10. Levendosky, A. A., Bogat, G., & Huth-Bocks, A. C. (2011). The influence of domestic violence on the development of the attachment relationship between mother and young child. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 28(4), 512–527.Google Scholar
  11. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2003). Costs of intimate partner violence against women in the United States. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pubres/ipv_cost/IPVBook-Final-Feb18.pdf.
  12. Oliver, W. (2003). The structural cultural perspective: A theory of Black male violence. In D. F. Hawkins (Ed.), Violent crime: Assessing race & ethnic differences (pp. 280–302). New York: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  13. Praxis International. (2003). Safe havens: Supervised visitation and safe exchange grant program California site program manual. Property of the author. Report may be retrieved from http://praxisinternational.org/praxis_publications.aspx
  14. U.S. Department of Justice. (2011, May). Domestic violence. Retrieved from http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/domviolence.htm
  15. Vine, M. M., Elliot, S. J., & Keller-Olaman, S. (2010). To disrupt and displace: Placing domestic violence on the public health agenda. Critical Public Health, 20(3), 339–355.Google Scholar
  16. Walker, L. E. (1979). The battered woman. New York: Harper & Row.Google Scholar

Online Resources

  1. Domestic violence around the world: http://www.someplacesafe.org/DV01.htm
  2. Domestic violence resource center: http://www.dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61/
  3. National online resource center on violence against women: http://www.vawnet.org/research/
  4. Healy, K., Smith, C., & O’Sullivan, C. (1998). Batterer intervention: Program approaches and criminal justice strategies. National Institute of Justice. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/168638.pdf
  5. Klein, A. R. (2009). Practical implications of current domestic violence research: For law enforcement, prosecutors and judges. National Institute of Justice. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/practical-implications-research/welcome.htm

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

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