Domestic Violence and Abuse: Theoretical Explanation and Perspectives

  • Parveen AliEmail author
  • Julie McGarry
  • Caroline Bradbury-Jones


Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is a complex issue and it is important to understand how and why this happens. Such understanding can help find strategies to minimise DVA. Over past decades, many explanations have been proposed to explain DVA from various perspectives. This chapter aims to present an aggregated overview of that information to help healthcare professionals understand the phenomenon from a theoretical perspective. The chapter provides information about various perspectives including biological, psychological, sociological, and ecological frameworks.


Theoretical framework Feminist Biological Psychological Attachment Ecological 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Parveen Ali
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julie McGarry
    • 2
  • Caroline Bradbury-Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Health SciencesThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.School of Health SciencesThe University of Nottingham, Queen’s Medical CentreNottinghamUK
  3. 3.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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