1st Edition

Domestic Violence The Five Big Questions

Edited By Mangai Natarajan Copyright 2007

    Domestic Violence is not just a public health and criminal justice problem, it is also an issue of universal human rights that needs immediate and vigorous attention. How we measure the prevalence of Domestic Violence, what we identify as the risk factors, which theories seem to provide most help in understanding and responding to Domestic Violence, which preventive and treatment programs seem most effective and the respective roles of the health and criminal justice systems, are all questions of vital importance in society's response to the problem.

    Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Has DV Increased or is it Increasingly Being Reported?: Patriarchal terrorism and common couple violence: 2 forms of violence against women, Michael P. Johnson; A multidimensional definition of partner abuse: development and preliminary validation of the composite abuse scale, Kelsey Hegarty, Mary Sheehan and Cynthia Schonfield; Domestic violence against women of Japanese descent in Los Angeles: 2 method of estimating prevalence, Mieko Yoshihama; Societal change and change in family violence from 1975-1985 as revealed by 2 national surveys, Murray A. Strauss and Richard J. Gelles; Reasons for reporting and not reporting domestic violence to the police, Richard B. Felson, Steven F. Messner, Anthony W. Hoskin and Glenn Deane; Estimating the incidence and prevalence of violence against women: national data systems and sources, Richard J. Gelles. Have the Major Factors Been Identified that Determine/Precipitate DV?: Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: results from a multisite case control study, Jacquelyne C. Campbell, Daniel Webster, Jane Koziol-McLain, Carolyn Block, Doris Campbell, Mary Ann Curry, Faye Gary, Nancy Glass, Judith McFarlane, Carolyn Sachs, Phyllis Sharps, Yvonne Ulrich, Susan A. Wilt, Jennifer Manganello, Xiao Xu, Janet Schollenberger, Victoria Frye and Kathryn Laughon; Risk factors for injury to women from domestic violence, Demetrios N. Kyriacou, Deidre Anglin, Ellen Taliaferro, Susan Stone, Toni Tubb, Judith A. Linden, Robert Muelleman, Erik Barton and Jess F. Krauss; Alcohol-related intimate partner violence among white, black and hispanic couples in the United States, Raul Caetano, John Schafer and Carol B. Cunradi; The relationship between heart rate reactivity, emotionally aggressive behavior and general violence in batterers, John M. Gottman, Neil S. Jacobson, Regina H. Rushe, Joanna Wu Shortt, Julia Babcock, Jaslean J. La Taillade and Jennifer Waltz; Current perspectives on men who batte


    Mangai Natarajan is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, USA, where she runs the BA degree program in International Criminal Justice. She has published widely on woman police, on drug trafficking and on a variety of other criminological topics.

    '...the various studies do provide insight into the issues around trying to understand and respond to intimate violence within close relationships across different ethnic groups.' Professional Social Work