Where do we go from here? Moving toward an integrated approach to family violence

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This article discusses patterns across reviews of the risk and protective factors for each of seven forms of family violence: partner physical, psychological, and sexual abuse; child physical, psychological, and sexual abuse and child neglect. We note that both child and partner literatures have large research bases on risk factors for physical abuse, but relatively few articles on psychological or sexual abuse (or child neglect). In addition, co-occurrence of forms of maltreatment within families is high, but little integrative work has been conducted. We argue that the overlap of both occurrence and risk factors across forms of maltreatment suggests that both etiological and intervention models would be improved by considering all forms of maltreatment more explicitly in a family (rather than dyadic) context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Child neglect
  • Child physical abuse
  • Child psychological abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Partner physical abuse
  • Partner psychological abuse
  • Partner sexual abuse
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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