A Typology of Domestic Violence
Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Northeastern University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
The horrors of domestic violence are now all too well known and are regularly addressed in the mass media.2 Most of us have seen movies about domestic violence, or watched an episode of our favorite television drama that dealt with the issue, or seen it discussed on talk shows, in general interest magazines, or...
1: Control and Violence in Intimate Relationships
In order to understand the nature of an individual’s use of violence in an intimate relationship, you have to understand its role in the general control dynamics of that relationship. Some people use violence as one of many tactics in a general strategy aimed at taking complete control over their partner, as in the case of the newlywed husband...
2: Intimate Terrorism: Controlling Your Partner
Thanks to the second wave of the women’s movement, we actually know a good deal about intimate terrorism, more than we know about the other forms of domestic violence. Because one of the major successes of the women’s movement has been to draw attention to the problem of wife beating, we have the benefit of thirty years...
3: Fighting Back: Violent Resistance
Because intimate terrorism is perpetrated primarily by men against their female partners, what we know about violent resistance is mostly about women. Research from shelters and other agencies indicates that most victims of intimate terrorism do at some point react violently to their partner’s abuse, and the heart of this chapter will deal with that...
4: Conflicts That Turn Violent: Situational Couple Violence
Sometimes violence occurs even in relationships in which there are no sinister attempts to control one’s partner or the need for one to resist such attempts. Intimate relationships inevitably involve some level of conflict, situations in which one partner wants what the other does not. In most cases such conflicts are addressed and resolved...
5: Implications for Intervention, Prevention, and Research
We have to make distinctions. It makes no sense to treat intimate partner violence as a unitary phenomenon. A slap from an intimate terrorist who has taken complete control of his partner’s life is not the same as a slap from a generally noncontrolling partner in the heat of an argument, and of course neither of these is the same as...
Appendix A: Identifying Intimate Terrorism and Other Types of Partner Violence
The task of identifying the different types of intimate partner violence seems simple on the face of it. You start by finding out if the individual is violent, then you look into whether that violence is accompanied by a general pattern of coercive control, and you place all of this information in the context of the same information about his or her...
Appendix B: Stalking and Separation-Precipitated Violence
To tell the truth, I simply didn’t know where to put this material; it “belongs” in the chapters on intimate terrorism, on violent resistance, and on situational couple violence. Much postseparation violence and stalking are essentially a continuation of intimate terrorism after the abuser has lost the easy access afforded by living with his victim;...
Appendix C: Gender and Intimate Partner Violence
Let me begin with a reminder that in heterosexual relationships the strongest correlate of type of intimate partner violence is gender. Intimate terrorism is perpetrated almost entirely by men, and the violent resistance to it is from their female partners. The gendering...
Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 6 figs.
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
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