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Men who batter intimate partners: a grounded theory study of the development of male violence in intimate partner relationships.
Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005 Apr; 26(3):281-97.IM

Abstract

Intimate partner violence is a serious and pervasive problem in U.S. society, with 25% of women and 7.6% of men reporting physical abuse by an intimate partner each year. Understanding the risk factors for development of violence is essential toward the development of interventions to reduce partner violence. Much of the understanding about the development of partner violence is based on research with victims rather than perpetrators. The study was conducted with men convicted of assault on an intimate female partner. Grounded theory was the method used to analyze data from interviews with 16 men participating in a batterers' intervention and prevention program. From the data, the Violent Couples Model was developed. The primary elements of the Violent Couples Model are justifying violence, minimizing violence, childhood exposure to violence, ineffective anger management, childhood experience of violence, and ineffective conflict resolution. Social and familial factors serve as moderating elements. Contextual elements of the model include power and control, social isolation, desensitization, insecure maternal relationships, the view of violence as a private problem, ambivalent intimate relationships, objectification of women, immaturity, lack of awareness about what constitutes violence, mistrust, traditional views of the roles of women, financial issues, and jealousy. Interventions indicated in the model are primary, or preventive, in nature. The model focuses on prevention efforts with the family as a whole, rather than on batterers alone.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,School of Nursing, Lubbock, Texas 79430-6221, USA. donna.tilley@ttuhsc.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16020047

Citation

Tilley, Donna Scott, and Margaret Brackley. "Men Who Batter Intimate Partners: a Grounded Theory Study of the Development of Male Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships." Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 26, no. 3, 2005, pp. 281-97.
Tilley DS, Brackley M. Men who batter intimate partners: a grounded theory study of the development of male violence in intimate partner relationships. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005;26(3):281-97.
Tilley, D. S., & Brackley, M. (2005). Men who batter intimate partners: a grounded theory study of the development of male violence in intimate partner relationships. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 26(3), 281-97.
Tilley DS, Brackley M. Men Who Batter Intimate Partners: a Grounded Theory Study of the Development of Male Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships. Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2005;26(3):281-97. PubMed PMID: 16020047.
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