Intimate violence

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Turvey, B. E. (2009). Intimate violence. In B. E. Turvey & W. Petherick (Eds.), Forensic victimology: Examining violent crime victims in investigative and legal contexts (pp. 299-327). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.

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Domestic violence is a general term that may be used to describe physical aggression between family members, or intimates. Accordingly, intimate violence is a particular type of domestic violence that occurs when a current or former intimate relationship partner becomes physically violent towards the other. It does not necessarily involve people that live together, but those involved must be or have been involved in a deep personal relationship of some kind. Often it is a sexual or romantic relationship, though it can involve nonsexual relationships. In cases of intimate violence, barring mental disorder or defect, the motivation is almost exclusively about power, anger/revenge, profit, or some combination of these.

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