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Domestic violence and healthThe response of the medical profession$
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Emma Williamson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342157

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342157.001.0001

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Explanations of causes

Explanations of causes

(p.93) Seven Explanations of causes
Domestic violence and health

Emma Williamson

Policy Press

This chapter examines how healthcare professionals perceive patients who present with domestic-violence-related injuries. While some of these perceptions come from clinical experience, they demonstrate how practitioners consider domestic violence beyond the individual medical (health) encounter. Groups of participants discussed within various contexts what they considered to be the causes of domestic violence. These responses included: blaming or questioning the role of ‘the victim’ within the domestically violent situation; the personality traits of both the ‘victim’ and ‘perpetrator’; biological and hormonal explanations; cycle-of-abuse theories; individual characteristics of the perpetrator; environmental factors; social, economic, and cultural explanations; and patriarchal analyses of domestic violence.

Keywords:   healthcare professionals, domestic violence, clinical experience, victim blaming, abuse theories

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