1st Edition

Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice

By Lee E. Ross Copyright 2018
    212 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice offers readers an overview of domestic violence and its effects on society, including what can be done to curtail its rapid growth and widespread harm. Criminal justice and sociology students will find this text readable, up-to-date, and rich in historical detail. Geared toward the criminal justice system, this text focuses on civil and criminal justice processes, from securing a restraining order to completing an arrest, all the way to the final disposition.



    Chapter 1. Domestic Violence: A Global Phenomenon

    Chapter 2: Measuring Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

    Chapter 3: Historical Overview of Domestic Violence


    Chapter 4: Theories of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

    Chapter 5: A Lifetime of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

    Chapter 6: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Up Close and Personal

    Chapter 7: Intimate Partner Violence within the LGBT+Q Community


    Chapter 8: Policing Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

    Chapter 9: Prosecuting Intimate Partner Violence

    Chapter 10: Prevention Is Better than Cure



    Lee E. Ross, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida (UCF). A graduate of Rutgers University, his research interests spans a variety of areas, from seminal work on religion and social control theory to more recent explorations of African-American interests in law enforcement. As editor of Continuing The War against Domestic Violence (2014), his scholarship can be found in a variety of academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime and Justice, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education, among others. The recipient of various teaching awards, Ross is a former Provost Fellow and Coordinator of the Public Affairs Doctoral Program at UCF. Ross spent several years as a group facilitator to a batterer’s intervention program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and recently served as an expert witness in a domestic violence case. His latest research examines the effects of mandatory arrest policies and the role of religion and domestic violence.

    ‘Lee Ross offers a much-needed comprehensive overview of the social scientific literature on one of the world's most compelling social problems. His offering is a valuable resource for students, researchers, teachers, policy makers, and practitioners. Much can be learned from reading this book and it is destined to be widely read and cited.’Walter S. DeKeseredy, West Virginia University

    ‘The relevance of Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice cannot be overstated. The text offers an exceptionally wide examination of intimate partner violence pertinent to the contemporary study of criminal and social justice concerns. Lee Ross provides historical and theoretical overviews, presents a summary of law enforcement and prosecutorial responses, and offers insights for prevention from a public health perspective.’Deborah Heath-Thornton, Pennsylvania Department of Education

    ‘Lee Ross has written another comprehensive and well researched book, setting forth a national and local history of domestic violence. In Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice, Ross theorizes about the causes of domestic violence, police and judicial responses, and its dynamics within the GLBT-Q Community. More importantly, he addresses the process and goal of prevention. Without question, this book captures the readers’ attention, enabling them to recognize, intervene, and prevent various forms of domestic violence.’Judith L. Kinney, Attorney and Former Chief of Public Defenders, 18th Judicial Circuit, Florida

    'Dr. Ross has successfully integrated criminal justice and criminology research, theory, and practice into a well-organized and practical book that will benefit students and others with an interest in understanding, analyzing, and reducing domestic violence. His interdisciplinary coverage provides a wealth of information not found in other books and I highly recommend this unique book to those who want to gain a greater understanding of domestic violence and the criminal justice system.'Mark A. Winton, University of Central Florida

    'Dr. Ross’s book is a thorough, contemporary guide to understanding the global crisis of interpersonal violence. With its deep historical and theoretical grounding, this book can serve as a foundational text, not only for students, academics, and professionals in criminal justice, but for those in social work, public policy, and public health as well.'Rebecca Bonanno, SUNY Empire State College