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Evolutionary Forensic PsychologyDarwinian Foundations of Crime and Law$
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Joshua Duntley and Todd K. Shackelford

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325188.001.0001

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Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence

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Evolutionary Forensic Psychology

Aaron T Goetz

Todd K. Shackelford

Valerie G. Starratt

William F Mckibbin

Oxford University Press

In the past few decades, many psychologists have begun to recognize the value of using an evolutionary perspective to guide their research. With a focus on evolved mechanisms and associated information-processing features, evolutionary psychology has risen as a powerful heuristic tool for the study of human psychology and behavior. Evolutionary psychology leads researchers to look at old phenomena in a different light. Such a new perspective potentially offers powerful insights into human psychology and behavior. This chapter uses the tools provided by evolutionary theory to explore why violence and abuse occur between intimate partners. Specifically, it focuses on physical and sexual intimate partner violence.

Keywords:   intimate partner violence, evolutionary theory, abuse, family violence, sexual violence, jealousy

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