5. Approaches in domestic violence
The various approaches to domestic violence are systematized in describing the focus of interest: The individual approach focuses on the single person whereas the gender biased approach puts the person in a certain social context characterized as a hegemonic social order along the lines of sex and gender. The intersectional approach views the individual embedded into a social context as well. The characterization of social order may differ from those of gender bias. It further focuses on interpersonal dynamics since a couple is seen as the smallest social 'system'. Finally, main critics of each approach are listed.