Violence in the family is a major public health problem as it has significant physical, psychological, and social consequences for children, families, and society. The impact of violence persists beyond the current period of exposure and can affect individuals several years later. Family violence is particularly pernicious as it often occurs behind closed doors and outside the public view leaving many victims unidentified. Moreover, experiencing family violence in childhood significantly increases one’s risk for violence as a perpetrator or a victim in later intimate relationships.


Definitions of family violence vary immensely due to different conceptualizations of which behaviors constitute violence and due to the use of diverse data collection methods. Several dimensions are reflected in definitional variations including family members involved, time frame, nature of exposure, ...

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