Early-life risk for domestic violence perpetration: Implications for practice and policy

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Research on risks and causes of domestic violence is hampered by a policy framework that not only does not fund but in some cases suppresses inquiry into those causes. This discussion, then, will be placed in the context of those policy frameworks that hamper and distort inquiry. This includes an overview of ideological, political, and historical issues that have shaped those frameworks. Related explanatory theories and theories of practice are summarized. The article will examine known early-life risk factors for those disorders and behaviors associated with domestic violence perpetration. Particular emphasis will be placed on maltreatment and attachment/bonding processes. Framed in broad perspectives of psychosocial theory, risk factors from related literature sources (e.g. general violence and criminality) will be included where risk profiles are substantially similar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-164
Number of pages13
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Entwicklungspsychopathologie
  • Partnermissbrauch
  • Politik
  • abuso del cónyuge
  • developmental psychopathology
  • domestic violence
  • early-life risk
  • frühes Risiko
  • häusliche Gewalt
  • maltraitance du partenaire
  • partner abuse
  • policy
  • politique
  • políticas
  • psychopathologie développementale
  • riesgo en los primeros años de vida
  • risque dans la jeune enfance
  • sicopatología del desarrollo
  • violence conjugale
  • violencia doméstica
  • العنف المنزلي ؛ إساءه معامله الشريك ؛ علم الامراض النفسية التطوري
  • مخاطر الحياة المبكرة ؛ السياسات
  • 伴侶虐待
  • 家庭内暴力
  • 家庭暴力
  • 政策
  • 政策
  • 早期のリスク
  • 早期風險
  • 発達精神病理学
  • 發展性精神病理學
  • 配偶者虐待

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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