Women who perpetrate intimate partner violence: A review of the literature with recommendations for treatment

Michelle Carney, Fred Buttell, Don Dutton

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to review the literature on women as perpetrators of violence in their intimate relationships (i.e., domestically violent women) and summarize the scant literature on intervention programs for these women. Particular attention is paid to the cultural influences that shape our conceptualization of "domestic violence" and the fact that empirical research suggests that domestic violence has been falsely framed as exclusively male initiated violence. The article concludes with a discussion of the similarities and differences between male and female domestic violence offenders and identifies areas where treatment for female offenders might be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Court-ordered batterers
  • Domestic violence
  • Women offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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