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Med J Aust. 2000 Nov 6;173(9):484-8.

The perpetrators of domestic violence.

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Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand. sarah.romans@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Abstract

There has been little useful research in recent years into those who perpetrate domestic violence. Domestic violence is always anchored in a social context in which the aspirations of men and women are dealt with unequally. The majority of perpetrators of domestic violence are men. Perpetrators are often young, troubled, unemployed, and of low self-esteem; they have often experienced abuse (of various types) themselves. However, these factors do not justify their abusive behaviour. General practitioners and other health workers have a responsibility to broach the subject of domestic violence with both perpetrators and victims. They are in a key position to break the silence that allows it to continue. Programs for stopping domestic violence can be effective for those who are motivated to change their behaviour and see the programs through to completion.

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