Domestic Violence: The Common Denominator Behind Many Types of Crime

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Domestic Violence: The Common Denominator Behind Many Types of Crime

75 Minutes

Originally Aired
September 22, 2021

Wendy Patrick
Wendy Patrick
JD, PhD, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
San Diego, CA

Domestic violence is often referred to as the invisible pandemic. Yet the symptoms of interpersonal violence are also expressed through many other types of criminal activity. Particularly when investigating or providing services to victims of crimes of violence, there is often a common denominator: domestic abuse.

This program will explore the ways in which domestic violence is a precursor to many other types of crime. From vandalism to violent mass shootings, drugs to negligent discharge, domestic abuse is involved in many types of criminal behavior. This program will identify some of the common situations and relationships that should prompt further investigation in order to gain a more complete picture of the interpersonal threat posed by a perpetrator.

Through a combination of anecdotal and empirical evidence, this program will present findings linking domestic violence to many other types of crime, and illustrate this correlation through memorable, high-profile case studies. With the goal of both prosecution and prevention, it will suggest ways to explore background factors behind seemingly nonviolent offenses, in order to protect those who may be in ongoing danger—even if not currently charged as victims.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize coercive patterns of behavior displayed within the course of non-violent crimes
  • Implement preventative strategies to avoid an escalation of violence within relationships
  • Identify subtle aspects of non-violent crimes that reveal violent tendencies
  • Evaluate risk of ongoing IPV through relational patterns between intimates
  • Understand the ways in which IPV is linked with other types of crime


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