The hererogeneity of Spouse Abuse: A review

Kevin Browne, Louise Dixon

Research output: Contribution to conference (unpublished)Abstract


Recent research suggests that spouse abusers are not a homogenous group. Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart (1994) propose three types of domestic violent men; Family Only, Generally Violent/Antisocial and Dysphoric/ Borderline Personality. This theoretical classification is compared to nine empirical research studies and two hypothetical studies, which can be found in the literature dated from 1994 onwards. The review provides support for the three-fold typology. The total averages of offenders classified by Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuarts (1994) typology across the studies were 50%, 30% and 20% respectively. However, when sample type was considered a significant difference between court referrals and volunteers was found for the men’s distribution across the three types, with court referred men being less likely to be categorised into the Family Only group. All research to date is criticised for its narrow focus on the offender and its lack of a scientific profiling approach
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
EventBPS Division of Forensic Psychology Fifteenth Annual Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …


ConferenceBPS Division of Forensic Psychology Fifteenth Annual Conference
Period1/01/06 → …


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