Table 2

Batterer Typology6

Type of BattererDescription
Family-onlyFifty percent of all batterers Violence precipitated by misinterpretation of social cues Violence limited to extreme frustration No history of psychopathy, criminal records, severe mental disorder, or drug or alcohol abuse
DysphoricTwenty-five percent of all batterers Is emotionally volatile Abuses drugs and alcohol
ViolentTwenty-five percent of all batterers Has antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy Has a criminal record Has a severe mental disorder Abuses drugs and alcohol