Is Domestic Violence Intergenerational?
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Is domestic violence intergenerational?

There is evidence that violence may pass from generation to generation.

Boys who witness their mother's abuse are more likely to batter their female partners as adults than boys raised in nonviolent homes.

However, not all men who batter were raised in violent homes, so this is only a partial explanation of why some men choose to use violence.

On the other hand, there is no evidence that girls whose mothers were battered are more likely to be battered themselves. In fact, the only common factor among battering victims is that they are female. Being a woman is the only identifiable risk factor for becoming a battering victim.