In this chapter an overview over definitions, explanation models, prevalences and legal developments regarding violence and domestic violence in several European countries will be given.

First of all, it needs to be differentiated between aggression and violence; second main indicators of violence will be presented; third national laws concerning domestic violence will be outlined and finally various approaches presented explaining domestic violence. Finally, outlined approaches will be critically discussed.

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European Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth.

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