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Cause of Domestic Violence

What causes domestic violence?

Heidi Ann Lepp’s Answer:

Research points to many causes of domestic violence, but all of these causes and risk factors have one underlying commonality: control. The abuser feels the need to exert control over his or her partner. Studies indicate that this need to control through the use of violence stems from an intersection of both environmental and individual factors. Essentially, this means that abusers learn to use abusive tactics to control others from the influence of family members, people around them, and cultural traditions as they grow from children to adults. Personality or psychological disorders can also lead persons to engage in domestic violence as can substance abuse. Unfortunately, this learned nature of domestic violence which is formed by the environment surrounding the abuser creates a generational legacy. Growing up in a household where violence was accepted as a normal part of the family life or from the abuser having been victimized him or herself as a child creates the learned behavior that one carries on into adulthood. This can cause a victim to continue to be victimized or to because an abuser him/herself.

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