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Risk Factors for Domestic Violence

  • By DomesticShelters.org
  • Oct 23, 2018
Risk Factors for Domestic Violence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Emotional dependence and insecurity
  • Desire for power and control in relationships
  • Unhealthy family relationships and interactions
  • Antisocial personality traits
  • Borderline personality traits
  • Anger and hostility
  • Low academic achievement
  • Young age
  • Dominance and control of the relationship by one partner over the other
  • Marital conflict-fights, tension, and other struggles
  • Being a prior victim of physical or psychological abuse
  • Aggressive or delinquent behavior as a youth
  • History of experiencing physical discipline as a child
  • Belief in strict gender roles
  • Having few friends and being isolated from other people
  • Heavy alcohol and drug use
  • Depression
  • Unemployment, low income and economic stress
  • History of experiencing poor parenting as a child
  • Perpetrating psychological aggression
  • Weak community sanctions against violence
  • Prior history of being physically abusive
  • Low social capital (e.g. lack of institutions and norms that shape a community‚Äôs social interactions)
  • Poverty and associated factors (e.g. overcrowding)