In the divorce literature, high–conflict couples are identified as those that require extensive and lengthy court involvement to resolve disputes post–separation.
Family violence issues are present in a majority (but not all) of high conflict separations (Jaffe, Austin, & Poisson, 1995; Johnston, 1994).
The literature review on domestic violence perpetrators: The Select Council on Women’s Issues agreed to the release of this Literature Review, which will support national consultations on perpetrator intervention standards and research priorities.
Family violence is considered to be any form of physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse that occurs in the context of family relationships.
They exhibited violent behaviors throughout their life.
Overall, studies that focus on the power of the social learning theory, have found that there is a strong correlation between witnessing or being victim to abuse in childhood, and being violent towards your intimate partner in adulthood.
Physiological Factors Research on domestic violence has focused on several areas which are believed to play a role in explaining abusive behavior. (2010) describes a study that calculated physiology factors on a person’s predisposition to aggression in intimate relationships.
The first area discussed is a predisposition to increased heart response to slight agitation. The study looked at physiological reactivity, which is defined as changes to a person’s body brought about by a stimulus.
However, Canada has been a forerunner in collecting these data through methods other than crime surveys.
Statistics Canada has completed several comprehensive telephone surveys on the topic of family violence (Statistics Canada 2001; 2004a, 2005).