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Five types of violence of high-conflict divorcing families
Effects of battering over time
Using physical and sexual violence to get power and control
Instead, use non-violence and equality

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Five types of violence of high-conflict divorcing families identified by Dr. Janet R. Johnston

On-Going and Episodic Male Battering most closely resembles the battered wife syndrome described by Lenore Walker and may be present in up to 18% of high-conflict divorcing families. In this type, potential for violence remains high after separation.

Female-Initiated Violence (where women ALWAYS initiate the physical attack) may be present in up to 15% of high-conflict divorcing families. Moderately severe violence can occur if the men lose control while restraining these attacking women.

Separation-Engendered and Post-Divorce Trauma: Violence occurs ONLY during or after the separation period with no violence during the marriage itself and may be present in up to 25% of high-conflict divorcing families. The physical violence is generally initiated by the parent who feels abandoned and this can be either the man or the woman.

Male-Controlling Interactive Violence escalates from mutual verbal provocation and insults into physical struggles and may be present in up to 20% of high-conflict divorcing families. Either parent initiates physical aggression, however, the man asserts control by physically dominating and overpowering the woman. The men in this type become more dangerous and threatening the more she struggles and counterattacks.

Psychotic and Paranoid Reactions result in violence generated by disordered thinking and serious distortions of reality involving paranoia and may be present in up to 6% of high-conflict divorcing families. In all of these cases, the separation itself triggers an acute phase of danger.

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Using Physical and Sexual Violence to get Power and Control

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Using Isolation:

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Instead, Use Non-Violence and Equality

Non-Threatening Behavior:


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Economic Partnership:

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