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Predictors of Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has prepared the following information regarding signs that occur before actual abuse that might serve as clues to potential abuse.
  • Did he grow up in a violent family?
    • People who grow up in families where they have been abused as children or where one parent, usually the father, beats the other are more likely to become batterers, child abusers, or both. They have grown up learning that violence is normal behavior. Those who come from violent homes may claim they will never behave that way, but often resort to violence when faced with the challenges of intimate relationships and parenting.
  • Does he tend to use force or violence to "solve" his problems?
    • A young man who has a criminal record for violence, who gets into fights, or who likes to act tough is likely to act the same way with his partner and children.
  • Does he have a quick temper? 
    • Does he overreact to little problems and frustrations, such as not finding a parking place or having a bad seat at the movies?
  • Is he destructive when he's angry?
    • Does he punch walls or throw things when he's upset? Any of these behaviors may be a sign of a person who will work out bad feelings through violence. Do not minimize a tendency he may have to be cruel to animals. Cruelty to animals is a common behavior of men who are cruel to women and children.