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When Violence Is the Norm: Sociological Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
When violence is the norm: Sociological perspectives on intimate partner violence
Tasha A.MenakerSam Houston State University
Cortney A.FranklinSam Houston State University

Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects thousands of lives every year (Catalano, 2012). It wasn't until the mid-1970s, primarily through efforts from women's advocates working in conjunction with momentum spurred by the women's liberation movement, that attention was directed toward understanding the causes of this pervasive violence, and subsequent legislation and policy was focused on targeting perpetrators of woman battering (Lutze & Symons, 2003). Traditionally, scholars have tended to gravitate toward sociological explanations of intimate partner offending behaviors, naming poor parenting practices, including family-of-origin violence and corporal punishment, as causes, since these often violent or vicariously violent ...

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