Family Violence

Karen Terry

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online February 2010 | | DOI:
Family Violence

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Broadly defined, family violence is any form of violent crime committed by a family member. The most common types are intimate-partner violence, child abuse (physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or maltreatment), and elder abuse. The primary focus of this bibliography is on domestic violence between intimate partners, including the characteristics of batterers, risk factors for abuse, and interventions to reduce recidivism. Though much of the research is still focused on male batterers in heterosexual couples, there is an increasing amount of research on intimate-partner violence among gay and lesbian couples, and on female batterers. Research shows that the effects of victimization are similar across groups and can be substantial for all those in the family. Research on criminal justice and treatment interventions for batterers show mixed results, though more recent trends toward coordinated community responses show promise at reducing incidents of violence.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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