Family Violence

Bonnie E. Carlson

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online June 2011 | | DOI:
Family Violence


Since the 1970s, a great deal has been learned about different types of family violence, including child abuse, adolescent dating violence, domestic abuse or intimate partner violence, and mistreatment of elders. Before that time the predominant view was that families and intimate relationships were sources of support and safety, not places where members could be harmed and abused. As our understanding of family violence has increased, we have come to learn that different forms of abuse are often related to one another. In particular, research shows that having experienced one form of abuse can be a risk factor for revictimization in the future. But there are numerous other risk factors for each type of family violence, providing both challenges and opportunities for prevention. The consequences of abuse have been studied extensively, and we have learned that the effects are multifaceted. In most cases there is not a single victim profile, as victims can be affected differently depending on things such as nature of the abuse and contextual factors. Another important change that has occurred is the criminalization of family violence, all physical forms of which are currently illegal. However, these different types of abuse have been shown to be complicated and challenging to ameliorate.

Article.  8436 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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