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25 Risk Factors for Domestic Violence

  1. Low self-esteem
  2. Emotional dependence and insecurity
  3. Desire for power and control in relationships
  4. Unhealthy family relationships and interactions
  5. Antisocial personality traits
  6. Borderline personality traits
  7. Anger and hostility
  8. Low academic achievement
  9. Young age
  10. Dominance and control of the relationship by one partner over the other
  11. Marital conflict-fights, tension, and other struggles
  12. Being a prior victim of physical or psychological abuse
  13. Aggressive or delinquent behavior as a youth
  14. History of experiencing physical discipline as a child
  15. Belief in strict gender roles
  16. Having few friends and being isolated from other people
  17. Heavy alcohol and drug use
  18. Depression
  19. Unemployment, low income and economic stress
  20. History of experiencing poor parenting as a child
  21. Perpetrating psychological aggression
  22. Weak community sanctions against violence
  23. Prior history of being physically abusive
  24. Low social capital (e.g. lack of institutions and norms that shape a community’s social interactions)
  25. Poverty and associated factors (e.g. overcrowding)