Theories of intimate partner violence: from blaming the victim to acting against injustice: intersectionality as an analytic framework

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2011 Jul-Sep;34(3):E29-51. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182272388.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) has garnered increasing public and academic attention in the past several decades. Theories about the causes, prevention, and intervention for IPV have developed in complexity. This article provides an overview of the historical roots of IPV, as well as a description and critique of historical and contemporary theories of IPV causes and women's responses to IPV. This is followed by a discussion of the most current theoretical developments and application of critical theories to the problem of IPV. The article concludes with theoretically based implications for nursing practice and research with women who are experiencing IPV.

MeSH terms

  • Battered Women / psychology*
  • Crime Victims / psychology*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Domestic Violence*
  • Education, Nursing
  • Female
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology