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Family RelationshipsAn Evolutionary Perspective$
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Catherine A. Salmon and Todd K. Shackelford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320510

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320510.001.0001

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Violence and Abuse in Families: The Consequences of Paternal Uncertainty

Violence and Abuse in Families: The Consequences of Paternal Uncertainty

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Family Relationships

Aaron T. Goetz

Oxford University Press

To some, it may seem paradoxical that members of a family are often violent and abusive toward one another. For example, why would an individual harm another in whom they have a vested interest, whom they love? One answer that might be offered is that violence and abuse occurs only in families that lack intimacy, love, and care. This answer, however, is wrong. Violence and abuse can occur in even the most loving families and between the most satisfied couples. This chapter discusses why violence and abuse occurs in families, particularly between intimate partners, focusing on the root of most partner violence: paternity uncertainty. It also focuses on physical and sexual intimate partner violence.

Keywords:   paternity uncertainty, partner violence, intimacy, abuse

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