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Psychological perspectives on sexual violence: generating a general theory

ByJennifer Brown

This chapter takes a psychological perspective on sexual violence. In particular it looks at theoretical levels of analysis against the background provided by Kelly’s (1988) conceptualisation of the continuum of violence. The chapter will argue that Kelly’s formulation, which is articulated in terms of quantum, i.e. a prevalence continuum, is helpful at the descriptive stage of theorising but is limited in terms of explanation and predictive requirements of theory. The present chapter offers a qualitative addition to Kelly’s thinking as a way to develop our understanding of the different types of sexual violence; and, further, challenges Kelly’s conceptualisation of sexual violence as being solely normalised rather than pathologised.