Since the 1970s the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) has been explained through the patriarchal desire of men to control and dominate women, but this gendered perspective limits both our understanding of IPV and its treatment. Intimate Partner Violence: New Perspectives in Research and Practice is the first book of its kind to present a detailed and rigorous critique of current domestic violence research and practice within the same volume.
In this challenging new text, with contributions from the UK, the US, and Canada, the subject is assessed from a more holistic position. It provides a critical analysis of the issue of domestic violence including issues that are often not part of the mainstream discussion. Each of the chapters tackles a different area of research or practice, from a critical review of contemporary topics in domestic violence research, including a critical review of men’s use of violence in relationships, a consideration of male victims, IPV within the LGBTQ+ community, perceptions of perpetrators and victims, and IPV within adolescent populations. The second half of the book examines challenges and opportunities for professionals working in the field and includes an analysis of an evidence informed perpetrator programme, the challenges faced working with male victims, and a discussion of the impact of domestic violence on children.
Culminating with a series of evidence-based recommendations to bridge the divide between academic and practitioner stakeholders and to inform future working practices, this is an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.
‘This is a must-read book for researchers, practitioners, educators, and policy makers alike, working in the field of IPV; particularly those who value contemporary research, evidence-based-practice and are open to questioning traditional paradigms. The book promotes a critical but balanced evaluation challenging the gendered approach to IPV, examining both men and women’s experiences of IPV as well as issues surrounding neglected victims and adolescents. Significantly, emphasis is placed on exploring how all of this must inform intervention. This excellent book offers an invaluable opportunity, through the shared knowledge from experts in the field, to gain an up-to-date understanding of the complexity of IPV and its treatment and how we need to challenge traditional approaches to IPV based on the evidence that current research affords.’ - Dr. Kate Walker, Professor, Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, Coventry University, UK.
‘This book is an important contribution to a contested and complex field. As a feminist researcher, I do hold to the importance of a gender based analysis of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence. I feel it is important to understand the role of gender in intimate relationships more generally, and particularly when violence and abuse occurs. Gender plays a role, regardless of whether victims and perpetrators are male or female. It may, therefore, seem surprising that I am offering a recommendation for this book. As a feminist, I’m committed to the robust challenge of patriarchal power, but am also aware that power is a complex and diffuse phenomenon, and that restrictive concepts of gender impact everyone. Whilst there are aspects of the authors’ analysis that I disagree with, they do offer an inclusive account of violence and abuse in intimate relationships, that highlights the importance of recognising male victims, the experience of violence and abuse in LGBTQ relationships, children’s experiences of domestic abuse, programmes for perpetrators and violence and abuse in young people’s dating relationships. This book invites us to consider how power functions in complex ways, in a range of relationships. I continue to feel that a feminist account is valuable and important, but we do need to hear and engage with alternative explanations. What is valuable about this book is that it offers a contribution to this debate that is not rooted in anti-feminist or misogynist tropes, potentially salvaging an engagement with the full range of ways that violence and abuse occurs in families and intimate relationships from the men’s rights movement. It is my hope that this will allow the beginning of a sensible conversation about how we continue to provide gender sensitive and appropriate support to women, whilst open out support to others impacted by violence and abuse in intimate relationships.’ – Jane Callaghan, Director, Child Wellbeing & Protection, University of Stirling, UK.
1. Introduction: Why change current practice?
Part I: Research
2. Challenging the gendered approach to men’s violence towards women
3. "Victim cast as perpetrator": Men’s experiences of the Criminal Justice System following female-perpetrated intimate partner violence
4. "It can’t be that bad, I mean, he’s a guy": Exploring judgements towards domestic violence scenarios varying on perpetrator gender, victim gender, and abuse type
5. Distinctions in adolescent dating violence: An exploration of etiology, scope, and prevention strategies of intimate partner violence in adolescence
6. Barriers to support in LGBTQ+ populations
Part II: Practice
7. The evolution of evidence-based treatment for domestic violence perpetrators
8. Using research in practice: Up2U an innovative approach to tackling domestic abuse
9. Towards evidence-based treatment of female perpetrated intimate partner violence and abuse
10. Raising awareness and improving services for male victims of abuse: Reflections on a three-year development project in Scotland
11. Childhood experiences of domestic violence and adult outcomes: Where are we now: challenges, debates and interventions?
12. Conclusions and recommendations: Why change current practice?