College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Psychology and Domestic Violence Around the World

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Keywords

Cross Cultural Differences, Domestic Violence, Prevention, Psychology, Sociocultural Factors, Cross Cultural Psychology

Publication Title

American Psychologist

ISSN

0003-066X

Volume

54

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Psychologists around the world have made contributions in research, clinical assessment, and intervention and prevention of domestic violence. Although each country has unique factors that determine the services and resources available to battered women, children exposed to domestic violence, and abusive partners, it is the interaction among gender, political structure, religious beliefs, attitudes toward violence in general, and violence toward women, as well as state-sponsored violence, such as civil conflicts and wars, and the migration within and between countries that ultimately determine women's vulnerability and safety. This article reviews the latest psychological research and applications to intervention and prevention programs. An introduction to the various articles that compose this international perspectives section is also included.

DOI

10.1037/0003-066X.54.1.21