The perpetration of intimate partner violence by women has long been a controversial topic. More recently, researchers, treatment providers and other professionals have begun to critically examine theoretical, research and practice perspectives to gather a better understanding of this controversial issue. The current text will provide the reader with a more thorough discussion on our current understanding of the context and motivation of women's use of violence against intimate partners. This text will discuss the controversies related to the arrest and treatment of women arrested for domestic violence from a variety of theoretical perspectives while also providing updates on the current research focusing on typologies of female offenders. The text also provides a critical review of current treatment strategies for women arrested for domestic violence.
The contributors are the foremost leaders in the field of research and practice on intimate partner violence offending and have written chapters that provide a key review of the work that is currently emerging in the field. As a result, this text is the most comprehensive guide to date that discusses female perpetration of intimate partner violence. Recommendations for specific treatment with this population and implications for practice and policy are provided throughout.
This book was published as a special double issue of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.
PART 1 1. Introduction to Part I Current Controversies and Prevalence Concerning Female Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence 2. Why the Overwhelming Evidence on Partner Physical Violence by Women Has Not Been Perceived and Is Often Denied 3. Women’s Use of Intimate Partner Violence against Men: Prevalence, Implications, and Consequences 4. The Psychology of Women’s Partner Violence: Characteristics and Cautions Research Examining The Role of Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Intimate Partner Violence 5. Gender Differences in Partner Violence in Context: Deconstructing Johnson’s (2001) Control-Based Typology of Violent Couples 6. Gender Differences in Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Violence Recidivism 7. Relationships Among Women’s Use of Aggression, Their Victimization, and Substance Use Problems: A Test of the Moderating Effects of Race/Ethnicity PART II 8. Introduction to Part II Research Examining the Motivation of Women’s Use of Intimate Partner Violence 9. Why I Hit Him: Women’s Reasons for Intimate Partner Violence 10. Motivations and Justifications for Partner Aggression in a Sample of African American College Women 11. An Exploratory Study of Women as Dominant Aggressors of Physical Violence in Their Intimate Relationships 12. What Will Happen if I Punch Him? Expected Consequences of Female Violence Against Male Dating Partners Treatment Implications and Approaches for Female Offenders of Intimate Partner Violence 13. Female Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: Within-Group Heterogeneity, Related Psychopathology, and a Review of Current Treatment with Recommendations for the Future 14. A Comparison of Women Who Were Mandated and Nonmandated to the “Responsible Choices for Women” Group