Intimate Partner Abuse

Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

in Violence in the Home

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165180
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864966 | DOI:
 Intimate Partner Abuse

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This chapter explores the unique characteristics of violence between intimate partners. It begins with an overview of the trends that have guided the salience of domestic violence intervention throughout history. The evolution of intervention strategies are discussed, including the institutionalization of advocacy and services for victims, police and court responses, and legislative reform. The chapter examines abuse in intimate relationships in more depth, focusing on special populations such as gay and lesbian couples, elderly couples, and men as victims. It also reviews the different forms of abuse often found in intimate partner relationships such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; stalking, homicide, and parental kidnapping. It concludes with a discussion of some of the key consequences of intimate partner violence including: poverty, homelessness, physical and psychological injury, and the impact such abuse has on children.

Keywords: intimate partner violence; domestic violence; domestic violence prevention; domestic abuse; domestic violence intervention; domestic violence policy; domestic violence laws; stalking; parental kidnapping; battering

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