Pamela C. Alexander, Ph.D.; Dual Trauma Couples - Implications for Family Violence
The intergenerational transmission of violence has long been acknowledged to be important in understanding men’s propensity to engage in intimate partner violence (IPV), women’s vulnerability to abuse by a partner and both dads’ and moms’ risk for abusing their children. However, what is the impact on family violence (IPV and child abuse) of both partners or parents having a history of childhood trauma? Although this is a question that is virtually ignored by researchers, it concerns couples and families with clearly the greatest risk for serious violence. To address this question, Pamela C. Alexander, Ph.D., will be presenting data from two large datasets – 1) men court-ordered to treatment for IPV and their female partners, and 2) military families participating in a child abuse prevention program.