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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1125
Professor
K.Chin
Semester
Fall

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The Problem With Psychological Theories • Psychological explanations of family violence tend to overlook or minimize the influence of social and structural factors • Individual explanation – offender is usually stereotyped as “mentally disturbed,” as a “sick person” • Victim usually portrayed as innocent and defenseless • Only 10% of incidents are clearly “caused by mental illness” Feminist Theory • Becoming dominant explanation of violence towar
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