Screening for Physical Violence in Couple Therapy: Methodological, Practical, and Ethical Considerations

ETIONY ALDARONDO, MURRAY A. STRAUS

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Abstract

Over two-thirds of clients in family therapy clinics engage in some form of physical violence against their partners within the year prior to the initiation of therapy. However, family therapists are aware of only a small proportion of these cases. The purpose of this article is to enhance the ability of family therapists to detect marital violence. We examine client and therapist reasons for why physical violence is not detected. We then review various methods to screen for the presence of physical violence, especially the Conflict Tactics Scales. Finally, indicators of life-threatening violence are presented to help family therapists detect cases that require immediate intervention to protect the partner whose life may be in danger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-439
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Process
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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