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Domestic Violence

Hereditary Violence

04/15/2002

Question:

Is violence in families hereditary?

Answer:

No there is no evidence to support that. However environment does play a role. Being exposed to violence in the home, on the streets and in the media can influence people. Abusive spouses and parents were often abused as children.

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Response by:

Kenneth   Davis, Jr, MD, FACS Kenneth Davis, Jr, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Clinical Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati