Domestic violence and panic attacks - common neural mechanisms?

Elizabeth Gilchrist, Ian J. Mitchell

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This paper combines material from domestic violence, animal aggression and neuropsychology research to construct a model to account for some domestic violence offending. The basic hypothesis is that some incidents of domestic violence can be understood in terms of the operation of primitive defence mechanisms, which are also implicated in panic attack. Perceptions of threat from an intimate partner could potentially trigger these same neuronal circuits thus releasing violent and emotionally charged responses at the spouse.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2006


  • anxiety
  • domestic violence
  • forensic psychology
  • panic attacks


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