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Typology of Men Who Are Maritally Violent: A Discussion of Holtzworth-Munroe and Meehan

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 19 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2004 Pages: 1396-1400
Thomas C. Widiger; Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt
Date Published
December 2004
5 pages
This brief article is a discussion of previous work on the Holtzworth-Munroe and Meechan batterer typology.
The intention of this discussion is to offer a potential extension and further development of the Holtzworth-Munroe and Meehan batterer typology by understanding it in terms of a more general model of personality functioning. The authors note that there are a number of reasons why wives are battered and beaten; however, no adequate explanation can safely ignore the fundamental contribution of the male batterer. “The relationship violence of severely violent men is related to stable individual characteristics of these men,” and there are situational factors that can moderate and mediate the personality traits of the male batterer, but “such men are [often correctly] viewed as the ‘cause’ of the relationship violence.” Additionally, the authors note that risk prevention, management, and treatment of marital violence must address the central role of the man who is maritally violent. This article discusses an invited address by Holtzworth-Munroe and Meehan, made in 2003 and presented at “Toward a National Research Agenda on Violence Against Women.” References