A New Piece to Understanding the Intimate Partner Violence Puzzle: What Role Do Genetics Play?

C. Nathan DeWall, Baldwin M. Way

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Abstract

Numerous factors prompt intimate partner violence (IPV). Stuart and colleagues examined whether variations in two theoretically relevant genetic variants predispose some people toward perpetrating psychological aggression, physical aggression, and violence that causes the victim serious physical injury. This commentary discusses the importance of considering how the observed genetic risk factors for IPV may be best understood within the context of their interaction with environmental risk factors. By focusing on gene-environment interactions, future work may help identify not only who is at risk for IPV perpetration but also who may be buffered from it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-419
Number of pages6
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Dr. Way’s work on this commentary was supported in part by Award Number Grant 8KL2TR000112-05 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Keywords

  • genetics
  • intimate partner violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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