Explanations of causes

Emma Williamson

in Domestic violence and health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302148 | DOI:
Explanations of causes

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This chapter examines how healthcare professionals perceive patients who present with domestic-violence-related injuries. While some of these perceptions come from clinical experience, they demonstrate how practitioners consider domestic violence beyond the individual medical (health) encounter. Groups of participants discussed within various contexts what they considered to be the causes of domestic violence. These responses included: blaming or questioning the role of ‘the victim’ within the domestically violent situation; the personality traits of both the ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’; biological and hormonal explanations; cycle-of-abuse theories; individual characteristics of the perpetrator; environmental factors; social, economic, and cultural explanations; and patriarchal analyses of domestic violence.

Keywords: healthcare professionals; domestic violence; clinical experience; victim blaming; abuse theories

Chapter.  5271 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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