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Characteristic of Batterer



Psychologists, social scientists and others have developed a number of theories to explain why some men use violence against women while others do not. These theories include:

  • Growing up in dysfunctional families
  • Inadequate communication and problem-solving skills
  • Provocation by women
  • Stress
  • Chemical dependency
  • Economic hardship and pressures


The National Council Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) asserts that while these issues may be associated with battering, they are not the cause of the behavior. As a result, removing these stressors from the batterer’s life will not cease the violence. NCADV reports that:

“The batterer begins and continues his behavior because violence is an effective method for gaining and keeping control over another person and he usually does not suffer consequences as a result of his behavior.” (ncadv.org)

There is no typical, readily recognized profile of the domestic violence perpetrator or abuser. Those who batter come from every race, background, socio-economic status, age, and profession in society. However, NCADV has developed some general characteristics of a batterer:

  • A batterer objectifies women. He does not see women as people. He does not respect women 
  • as a group. Overall, he sees women as property or sexual objects.
  • A batterer has low self-esteem and feels powerless and ineffective in the world. He may 
  • appear successful but inside he feels inadequate.
  • A batterer externalizes the causes of his behavior. He blames his violence on circumstances 
  • such as stress, his partner’s behavior, a “bad day”, alcohol or other factors.
  • A batterer may be pleasant and charming between periods of violence, and is often seen 
  • as a “nice guy” to outsiders.
  • Some behavioral warning signs of a potential batterer include extreme jealousy, possessiveness, a bad temper, unpredictability, cruelty to animals and verbal abusiveness.

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TYPES OF ABUSE

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POWER AND CONTROL

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ABUSIVE BEHAVIORS

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THE CYCLE OF ABUSE

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CREATING A SAFETY PLAN

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Physical and sexual assaults, or threats to commit them, are the most apparent forms of domestic violence and are usually the actions that allow others to become aware of the problem. However, regular use of other abusive behaviors by the batterer, when reinforced by one or more acts of physical violence, make up a larger system of abuse. Although physical assaults may occur only once or occasionally, they instill threat of future violent attacks and allow the abuser to take control of the woman's life and circumstances.

 

The Power & Control diagram is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner. Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by

an array of these other types of abuse. They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a pattern of intimidation and control in the relationship.Type your paragraph here.

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