Abuse in Relationships. Chapter 13. Nature of Relationship Abuse. Violence (physical abuse ) Intimate-partner Violence is a term that refers to crimes committed against current or former spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends. Gottman’s 2 types. Situational Couple Violence Intimate terrorism
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A review of literature found that women’s physical violence may be just as prevalent as men’s violence but is more likely to be motivated by self-defense and fear.
Men’sphysical violence is more likely to be driven by control motives.