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1st Edition

Marital Separation and Lethal Domestic Violence

ISBN 9781455776757
Published March 30, 2015 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

This book is the first to investigate the effects of participation in separation or divorce proceedings on femicide (murder of a female), femicide-suicide, homicide, and suicide. Because separation is one of the most significant predictors of domestic violence, this book is exclusively devoted to theorizing, researching, and preventing lethal domestic violence or other assaults triggered by marital separation. The authors provide evidence supporting the use of an estrangement-specific risk assessment and estrangement-focused public education to prevent murders and assaults. This information is needed not only by instructors in criminal justice and sociology programs, but by researchers theorizing about or investigating domestic violence. In the world of practitioners, family court judges, divorce mediators, family lawyers, prosecutors involved in bail hearings, shelter staff, and family counselors urgently need this resource. Ellis et al. include discussion questions and chapter objectives to support learners in the classroom or in community-based settings, and instructor support material includes PowerPoint lecture slides, additional teaching and research resources, and a test bank. This text advocates convincingly for prevention of domestic violence, and gives academics and practitioners the tools they need. This text advocates convincingly for prevention of domestic violence, and gives academics and practitioners the tools they need.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Marital Separation: Definitions and Process Chapter 2 Lethal Domestic Violence: Definitions and Types Chapter 3 Separation and Lethal Intimate Partner Violence Chapter 4 Separation and Intimate Partner Homicide Chapter 5 Separation and Intimate Partner Femicide Chapter 6 Separation and Femicide-Suicide Chapter 7 Separation and Suicide Chapter 8 Prevention References

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Desmond Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at York University and senior scholar based in the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, a center he created in 1981. Since 1993 he has published books, journal articles, and research reports on the effects of participation in adversarial and collaborative separation/divorce proceedings on sublethal and lethal domestic violence. After a stint as a regular soldier in the Royal Artillery in England, he received a BA in Sociology and a Diploma in Education (Dip.Ed) from Leicester University in England, an MA in Sociology from McMaster University in Canada, and a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in the U.S. Ellis established the Certificate in Dispute Resolution at York University-a leading program for more than 20 years. Currently he is the principal investigator of a study of family-honor-related violence against women.

Noreen Stuckless is a contract faculty member at York University, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and a member of the Associate Scientific Staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She teaches psychology of women and gender-related courses at York University and the University of Toronto. She has coauthored publications involving gender role socialization, domestic violence, gender-related immigrant experiences, and the scale development of measures including those on attitudes toward revenge, functional bowel disorders, and the psychological effects of diagnoses of genetic mutations. Her current research is on inter-partner violence and, in particular, how the victims are affected by the violence.

Carrie Smith is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at York University, specializing in Quantitative Methods. She received her MA in Psychology at York, and BASc in Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include data visualization and developing robust methods of statistical analysis appropriate for behavioral science data.