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Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security

Securing Women’s Lives in a Global World, 1st Edition

Edited by Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate, Jude McCulloch, JaneMaree Maher


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This edited collection addresses intimate partner violence, risk and security as global issues. Although intimate partner violence, risk and security are intimately connected they are rarely considered in tandem in the context of global security. Yet, intimate partner violence causes widespread physical, sexual and/or psychological harm. It is the most common type of violence against women internationally and is estimated to affect 30 per cent of women worldwide. Intimate partner violence has received significant attention in recent years, animating political debate, policy and law reform as well as scholarly attention.

In bringing together a range of international experts, this edited collection challenges status quo understandings of risk and questions how we can reposition the risk of IPV, and particularly the risk of IPH, as a critical site of global and national security. It brings together contributions from a range of disciplines and international jurisdictions, including from Australia and New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, United States, North America, Brazil and South Africa.

The contributions here urge us to think about perpetrators in more nuanced and sophisticated ways with chapters pointing to the structural and social factors that facilitate and sustain violence against women and IPV. Contributors point out that states not only exacerbate the structural conditions producing the risks of violence, but directly coerce and control women as both citizens and non-citizens. States too should be understood as collaborators and facilitators of intimate partner violence. Effective action against intimate partner violence requires sustained responses at the global, state and local levels to end gender inequality. Critical to this end are environmental issues, poverty and the divisions, often along ‘race’ and ethnic lines, underpinning other dimensions of social and economic inequality.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security Securing Women’s Lives in A Global World (Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate, Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher)

Part I: Challenges in the Contemporary Global Policy Framework

1. Securitising Sexual Violence: Transitions from War to Peace (Anette Bringedal Houge and Inger Skjelsbæk)

2. Climate Change, The Production of Gendered Insecurity and Slow Intimate Partner Violence (Nancy A. Wonders)

3. Spacelessness, Spatiality and Intimate Partner Violence: Technology-Facilitated Abuse, Stalking and Justice (Bridget Harris)

4. Challenging Risk: The Production of Knowledge on Gendered Violence in South Africa (Floretta Boozanier)

5. Surveying the Womanscape: Objectification, Self-Objectification, and Intimate Partner Violence (Jan Jordan)

Part II: National Security, Difference and Precarity

6. Mapping Gender Violence Narratives in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Leda Lozier)

7. Temporary Migration and Family Violence: The Borders of Coercive Control (Marie Segrave)

8. Misunderstanding Risk, Migration and Ethnicity in Intimate Partner Violence (Gemma Varona)

9. ¿QUE DIRÁN? Making Sense of the Impact of Latinas’ Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in New York City (Yolanda Oritiz-Rodríguez and Jayne Mooney)

Part III: Everyday Security and Criminal Justice Questions

10. The Criminalisation of Femicide (Thiago Pierobom de Ávila)

11. Considering Victim Safety When Sentencing Intimate Partner Offenders (Julia Tolmie)

12. Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Their Role in Ensuring Personal Security (Heather Douglas)

13. Negotiating Women’s Safety: The Mandatory Charging Debate (Holly Johnson and Deborah E. Conners)

14. Criminalising Private Torture as Feminist Strategy: Thinking Through the Implications (Elizabeth A. Sheehy)

Conclusion: Securing Women’s Lives Making Them Count and Accounting for Men’s Violence (Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Sandra Walklate, Jude McCulloch and JaneMaree Maher)


About the Editors

Kate Fitz-Gibbon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.

Sandra Walklate is Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, conjoint Chair of Criminology, Monash University and Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Criminology.

Jude McCulloch is Professor of Criminology in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University.

JaneMaree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

All editors are members of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Research Program.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Crime, Security and Justice

Contemporary social scientific scholarship is being transformed by the challenges associated with the changing nature of, and responses to, questions of crime, security and justice across the globe.  Traditional disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences are being disturbed and at times broken down by the emerging scholarly analysis of both the increasing merging of issues of ‘crime’ and ‘security’ and the unsettling of traditional notions of justice, rights and due process in an international political and cultural climate seemingly saturated by, and obsessed with, fear, insecurity and risk.  This series showcases contemporary research studies, edited collections and works of original intellectual synthesis that contribute to this new body of scholarship both within the field of study of criminology and beyond to its connections with debates in the social sciences more broadly.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology