1st Edition

Critical Issues on Violence Against Women International Perspectives and Promising Strategies

Edited By Holly Johnson, Bonnie Fisher, Veronique Jaquier Copyright 2015
    294 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    294 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Violence against women is a global problem and despite a wealth of knowledge and inspiring action around the globe, it continues unabated. Bringing together the very best in international scholarship with a rich variety of pedagogical features, this innovative new textbook on violence against women is specifically designed to provoke debate, interrogate assumptions and encourage critical thinking about this global issue.

    This book presents a range of critical reflections on the strengths and limitations of responses to violent crimes against women and how they have evolved to date. Each section is introduced with an overview of a particular topic by an expert in the field, followed by thoughtful reflections by researchers, practitioners, or advocates that incorporate new research findings, a new initiative, or innovative ideas for reform. Themes covered include:

    • advances in measurement of violence against women,
    • justice system responses to intimate partner violence and sexual assault,
    • victim crisis and advocacy,
    • behaviour change programs for abusers, and
    • prevention of violence against women.

    Each section is supplemented with learning objectives, critical thinking questions and lists of further reading and resources to encourage discussion and to help students to appreciate the contested nature of policy. The innovative structure will bring debate alive in the classroom or seminar and makes the book perfect reading for courses on violence against women, gender and crime, victimology, and crime prevention.

    Introduction, Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Véronique Jaquier  Section I: Measurement of Violence against Women  1. Measurement innovations: Overview of methodological progress and challenges, Holly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Véronique Jaquier  2. We are making progress in measuring sexual violence against women, Ronet Bachman  3. Innovations in prevalence research: The case of the 28-country survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, Sami Nevala  Section II: Justice System Responses to Intimate Partner Violence  4. Overview of current policies on arrest, prosecution and protection by the police and the justice system as responses to domestic violence, Carol Hageman-White, Cathy Humphreys, Leslie M. Tutty, and Kristin Diemer  5. Pie in the sky? The use of criminal justice policies and practices for intimate partner violence, Amanda Robinson  6. Perils of using law: A critique of protection orders to respond to intimate partner violence, Heather Douglas and Heather Nancarrow  Section III: Justice System Responses to Sexual Violence  7. Policing and prosecuting sexual assault: Assessing the pathways to justice, Cassia Spohn, Katharine Tellis, and Eryn Nicole O’neal  8. The long and winding road: Improving police responses to women’s rape allegations, Jan Jordan  9. Victim lawyers in Norway, Hege Salomon  Section IV: Victim Crisis and Advocacy  10. Breaking down barriers: New developments in multi-agency responses to domestic violence, Nicky Stanley  11. Providing services to minority women and women with disabilities, Ravi K. Thiara  12. A culturally integrative model of domestic violence response for immigrant and newcomer families of collectivist backgrounds, Mohammed Baobaid, Nicole Kovacs, Laura MacDiarmid, and Eugene Tremblay  Section V: Behavior Change Programs for Abusers  13. Behavior change programs for intimate partner violence abusers: A means to promote the safety of women and children?, Donna Chung  14. New approaches to assessing effectiveness and outcomes of domestic violence perpetrator programs, Liz Kelly and Nicole Westmarland  15. What do we mean by domestic violence? Mandatory prosecution and the impact on partner assault response programs, Mark Holmes  Section VI: Preventing Male Violence against Women  16. Current practices to preventing sexual and intimate partner violence, Michael Flood  17. New approaches to violence prevention through bystander intervention, Ann L. Coker and Emily R. Clear  18. Engaging men in prevention of violence against women, Jackson Katz  19. A feminist ‘epistemic community’ reshaping public policy: A case study of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Maddy Coy, Liz Kelly, and Holly Dustin.


    Holly Johnson’s primary research interests are the effectiveness of criminal justice and societal responses to violence against women, primary prevention, and improving the measurement of violence and other gendered experiences. She was principal investigator on Canada’s first national survey on violence against women, co-investigator of the International Violence Against Women Survey, and is the author of numerous publications in this area.

    Bonnie Fisher’s primary research focuses on the measurement and predictors of violence against college women, recurrent victimization, and the evaluation of bystander interventions. She has authored numerous publications spanning the field of victimology, with emphasis on measurement issues, and recently served on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault.

    Véronique Jaquier has trained in psychology and criminology in Switzerland and the United States. Her program of research examines the interrelations of women's victimization and use of aggression as it impacts mental health and risk behaviors, with emphasis on understanding how criminal justice and social institutions impact life trajectories.