A psychometric typology of U.K. domestic violence offenders

Rebecca Johnson, Elizabeth Gilchrist, Anthony R. Beech, Samantha Weston, Rachel Takriti, Richard Freeman

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A number of studies have described subtypes of domestically violent men, and the heterogeneity of domestically violent men is well established. The aim of the current study was to investigate the distribution of subtypes using psychometric measures in convicted domestically violent offenders in England. Four subtypes of offenders were identified: low pathology, borderline, narcissistic, and antisocial. These subtypes were broadly comparable with the family-only, dysphoric/borderline, and generally violent/antisocial types proposed by Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart. The majority of the sample (60%) best fit the generally violent/antisocial profile. However, the reliance on psychometric measurement and lack of corroborative evidence from partners means that further research is necessary to test these findings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2006


  • court-referred sample
  • domestic violence
  • typologies
  • forensic psychology


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