The social disorganization of intimate partner violence

Anthony Piscitelli, Sean Doherty


Recently, scholars have begun to recognize new theoretical connections between geography and intimate partner violence (IPV). One such theory is social disorganization theory (SDT). According to SDT, crime in communities can primarily be explained as a consequence of economic disadvantage, insufficient informal social control, lack of collective efficacy, and family breakdown. SDT is typically used in the context of property crime and public violence. This article reviews this evolving literature, proposing a unique and comprehensive concept map offering insights into how neighbourhood dynamics influence IPV.


Social disorganization theory; intimate partner violence; collective efficacy; social control; violence; neighbourhood

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ISSN: 2371-4298 (Online)