On the limits of typologies: Understanding young men's use of violence in intimate relationships

David Gadd, Mary Louise Corr

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Within the academic literature two approaches to recognising heterogeneity have gained ascendency: one focused on the nature of the violence; the other on the psychological profiles of perpetrators. The two approaches are not mutually exclusive, though their emphases differ. The first approach has come to be closely associated with Michael Johnson's book, A Typology of Domestic Violence, and its re-elaboration in Kelly and Johnson's article. The second approach begins, not with the categorisation of violent incidents, but instead with the classification of the psychological characteristics found among perpetrators in treatment programmes. A core question that Amy Holtzworth-Munroe and her colleagues have explored is whether the nature and severity of domestic violence can be correlated with measurable personality traits. Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart identified three subtypes of 'batterer' with different styles of violence usage. They named these 'Family-Only', 'Dysphoric-Borderline' and 'Generally Violent-Antisocial'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence
EditorsNancy Lombard
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315612997
ISBN (Print)9781472483515, 9780367580988
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018


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