The Psychopathic Batterer: Subtyping Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Alicia Spidel, Gina Vincent, Matthew T. Huss, Jason Winters, Lindsey Thomas, Don Dutton

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As research regarding male perpetrators of domestic violence progresses, investigators have become increasingly aware of the extent and nature of the heterogeneity of this group (Dutton, 1995, 1998a; Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart, 1994). Although scholars vary with respect to the labeling of male batterer subgroups, there is fair consistency in the personality traits, pathology, and battering patterns that define these subgroups (see Dutton 1998a; Huss and Langhinrichsen-Rohling, 2000; Tweed and Dutton, 1998, for reviews). One of these subgroups is known as the generally violent/antisocial. Despite striking similarities between the generally violent/antisocial batterers and men with psychopathic personality disorder, comprehensive assessments of psychopathy have yet to be integrated into the study or treatment of spousal batterers to any great extent. Instead, research has tended to rely on diagnostic criteria for antisocial personality disorder (APD) rather than on validated forensic assessments such as the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL- R; Hare, 1991, 2003; Hart, Cox, and Hare, 1995).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Psychopath
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Research, and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781351541213
ISBN (Print)9781315085470
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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