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Top 10 Reasons Why Women's Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence Is an Important Area of Inquiry

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Women's perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) has been an extremely controversial topic. In this article, the author discusses 10 reasons why it is critically important to study women's use of IPV. The prevalence and motivation of women's use of IPV are discussed, as well as the psychopathology typically found in clinical samples of female IPV perpetrators. Consequences of women's IPV for victims, for romantic relationships, for witnessing children, and for the female perpetrators themselves are reviewed. Evidence points to the importance of research on this topic and the urgent need for effective prevention and intervention programs for women's perpetration of IPV.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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