• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • Building Comprehensive Solutions
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Evolution of Theories of Violence

General Material

From theories based in psychopathology to "learned behavior," "loss of control," "learned helplessness," "cycle of violence," and "family conflict," this paper presents arguments against each theory and explains the current understanding of violence against women as an issue of power and control that is rooted in a larger societal context.