Conjugal violence is always exercised in the context of an intimate relationship, whether past or present.
Conjugal violence is a way to control another person and not the result of a loss of self-control.
The perpetrator uses several strategies in order to dominate his victim and make sure she does not leave him.
Conjugal violence is maintained by
- A gendered socialization;
- Socially accepted justifications, that allow perpetrators to transfer accountability of their violence onto the shoulders of the women who are their victims;
- Reactions of tolerance by society;
- The absence of intervention for a large number of women and children who are victims of conjugal violence.