1st Edition

Domestic Violence in International Context

Edited By Diana Scharff Peterson, Julie Schroeder Copyright 2017
    236 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Domestic violence does not discriminate and is prevalent throughout the word regardless of race, age or socio-economic status. Why, then, do reactions and response differ so widely throughout the world? While some countries work diligently to address the matter through prevention and training, others take a ‘hands-off’ approach in their response. This book is one of the first to investigate domestic violence on a global scale and provides best practices gleaned from various countries around the world to paint a detailed picture of how police response to domestic violence is currently being conducted and provide training bodies with up-to-date information to enhance current curricula.

    Domestic Violence in International Context brings together expert scholars native to twelve different countries to examine the history and scope of domestic violence and how it is being addressed, repressed or ignored in their thirteen respective countries. Their specialised knowledge and unique data come together to create a series of snapshots that will guide nations, societies and communities worldwide in formulating effective strategies to prevent, intervene and combat this epidemic, and examine partnerships and programmes already in place.

    This book is essential reading for practitioners, policy makers, and human rights organisations, as well as students and scholars of criminology, social work, sociology and law.

    Introduction: International Response to Domestic Violence (Julie Schroeder, Diana Scharff Peterson, Olga Osby and Safiya Omari)

    1. Intimate Partner Violence in Canada: Policies, Practices, and Prevalence (Darryl Plecas, Irwin Cohen and A. McCormick)

    2. The Prevalence of Severe Intimate Partner Violence in Sweden (Susanne Strand and Heidi Selenius)

    3. Responding to Domestic Abuse in England and Wales (Stephanie L. Reardon and Kim Trevillion, on behalf of Limeculture)

    4. Levels of Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women Analyzed From the Multi-Causal-Ecological Pyramidal Model: The Case of Spain (Victoria A. Ferrer-Perez and Eperanza Bosch-Fiol)

    5. Domestic Violence in Italy: An Epidemic Phenomenon (Bruno Meini)

    6. Domestic Violence in Austria (Maximilian Edelbacher and Josef Horl)

    7. Domestic Violence in Turkey: Unreported Cases and Civic/State Response (Ozgur Solakoglu, M. Tugba Erdem, Suhey Gurbuz and Eray Karlidag)

    8. Status Quo and Countermeasures on Domestic Violence in Japan (Susumu Nagai)

    9. The Vietnamese Police Response to Domestic Violence Against Women: The Family Unit Under Pressure (Mike Perkins, Louise Cotrel-Gibbons and Huong Thu Nguyen)

    10. Domestic Violence in Australia – A Wicked Problem (Sedat Mulayim and Miranda Lai)

    11. Domestic Violence in South Africa: An Unpleasant Narrative (Christiaan Bezuidenhout)

    12. Combatting the Menace of Domestic Violence: The Ghanaian Experience (Gerald Depaah Gyamfi)


    Diana Scharff Peterson is Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, USA.

    Julie A. Schroeder is Professor at the School of Social Work, Jackson State University, USA.

    "This important book is essential reading for practitioners, policy makers, lawyers, students, social workers and health professionals working to prevent, intervene in, and ultimately end domestic violence. It offers a strong global analysis of some of the challenges confronting victims and survivors across complex, culturally diverse communities."

    Aisha K. Gill, Professor of Criminology, University of Roehampton, UK