Domestic violence offending behaviors: a review of the literature examining childhood exposure, implicit theories, trait aggression and anger rumination as predictive factors

Anita Ruddle, Afroditi Pina, Eduardo Vasquez

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The prevalence of domestic violence (DV) is an increasing public health concern globally. This paper outlines the current literature on what is known about DV proclivity, with particular attention to predictors for DV perpetration from childhood. We begin by reviewing key methodological issues that are inherent within DV literature and hinder the development of interventions and treatments for DV offenders. The main body of this article provides an overview of four main predictive components for DV perpetration: (1) developmental risk factors for DV offending (e.g. childhood exposure to DV); (2) specific implicit theories related to sexual, violent and DV offenders; (3) the role of anger rumination as a psychological process of DV offending; and (4) an exploration of the role of trait aggression in increasing DV Proclivity. Finally, it was concluded that there is a need for the development of a psychometric measure to encompass these four key predictors of DV Proclivity and future offending.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Volume34
Early online date25 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Domestic violence proclivity
  • trait aggression
  • anger rumination
  • implicit theories

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