You always hurt the one you love

The one you shouldn’t hurt at all

You always take the sweetest rose

And crush it till the petals fall

—“You Always Hurt the One You Love,” song written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts

Intimate partner violence can bring unique experiences for forensic psychology professionals, as oftentimes the victim wants to protect the offender. Police are repeatedly called to the same household under domestic violence complaints. Victims may want law enforcement assistance at the time of the crime, but are reluctant to follow through with charges and testimony. This cycle of abuse is challenging to understand for those working with these individuals.

In this Discussion, you apply the concepts of personality disorder from earlier in the course as you analyze the manifestation of intimate partner violence by the offender and the possible counterintuitive behaviors of their victims.

Explain how the different personalities you have studied manifest in intimate partner violence. Explain possible counterintuitive behaviors that victims might display. Provide examples that illustrate your rationales. Explain how victim responses potentially create a dilemma for those in the criminal justice system and how a forensic psychology professional should react.

Bartol, C. R., & Bartol, A. M. (2017). Criminal behavior: A psychological approach (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Chapter 9, “Homicide, Assault, and Intimate Partner and Family Violence” (pp. 247–287)

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