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A literature review of intimate partner violence and its classifications

Ali, Parveen Azam; Dhingra, Katie; McGarry, Julie


Parveen Azam Ali

Katie Dhingra

Julie McGarry


Intimate partner violence is an important issue and attempts to distinguish typologies of intimate partner violence are necessary to understand the complexities of intimate partner violence, its various causes, correlates, and consequences. Over the last two decades, much research was aimed at classifying types of violence depending on the similarities and differences in patterns of violence. However, it is difficult to find a single account that provides a succinct and up-to-date overview of these classifications. As a result, considerable effort is required to identify and retrieve relevant papers to understand each typology or classification of intimate partner violence. This article provides a succinct and up-to-date integrative review of various classifications of intimate partner violence. Typologies by form of abuse, type of violence, type of perpetrator (men and women) are critically reviewed in the light of available literature and the strengths and limitations of each are described. Recommendations for further research are also provided.


Ali, P. A., Dhingra, K., & McGarry, J. (in press). A literature review of intimate partner violence and its classifications. Aggression and Violent Behavior,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2016
Online Publication Date Jun 30, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 28, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2016
Journal Aggression and Violent Behavior
Print ISSN 1359-1789
Electronic ISSN 1359-1789
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Typologies; Intimate partner violence; Classification; Male; Perpetrators; Female perpetrators
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