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A community-based perspective on living with domestic violence

Domestic abuse crosses all socioeconomic boundaries. The common factor motivating the perpetrator is the use of control and power over another individual (Dobash and Dobash, 1979). The most severe and chronic domestic abuse is directed at women and their children by male perpetrators (Department of Health, 2000). The risk of violence within a relationship is greatest where the use of violence to resolve issues is socially tolerable (Jewkes, 2002).

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