PSYC 3402 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Intimate Partner Violence, Domestic Violence, Risk Assessment

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Feb 25
PSYC 3402
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Why is this topic of relevance to the course?
What are the details of the case?
What was the decision?
How does the judgement fit into the overall framework of psychology and the criminal justice system?
What was the psychological test used in this case?
How impactful was this case as a precedent?
Types of violence
-psychological: normally verbal.
-financial: barring access to their own funds and other resources. Used as a power control.
-aggression is considered short term effort to harm someone. Violence is more extreme.
-neglect: denying them attention and resources
-exposure to parental violence: kind of like second hand smoke effect. Just viewing it is distressing to
child. Those who view parental abuse are more likely to comit it in the future or be victims of it.
Ecological model
-looking at behavioru within a system
-indiiviudal: unemployment, anger issues, mental health, substance abuse
-Relationship: dynamics,
-community: how does it view spousal abuse? Is it tolerated?
Intimate partner violence: triggers
-what are the excuses used by the abuser for lashing out.
-all very controlling reasons.
Theories of intimate violence
-social learning: we learn by observing others. If the behaviour we do is reinforced, we continue that
-the higher the status of the person you are modelling your behaviour to, the more impactful their
behaviour will be.
-3 cats of factors: instigators, regulators and origin (where is the behaviour occurring?)
-instigators: triggers and cues that make you engage in certain behaviour.
-aversive instigators: causes emotional response. Makes you want to leave situation. Ex: a lot of noise or
arguing. These instigators normally cause knee jerk responses.
-when people are overwhelmed their attentional focus narrows and information processing isn’t great.
-regulators: intern/external factors that determine punishment. Ex: being charged and going to jail.
Feeling guilt.
-typologies are created for treatment purposes.
-family only: not violent in other avenues of life.
-generally violent: psychopathic traits.
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