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Men's Violence Against Women

Theory, Research, and Activism, 1st Edition

By Christopher Kilmartin, Julie Allison

Psychology Press

302 pages

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This text offers a balance of clinical and social psychological theory and research, as well as prevention and intervention techniques with the purpose of understanding and ultimately ending gender-based violence. The authors address several forms of violence, including rape, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment in a contemporary linguistic style carefully crafted to avoid victim blaming. Although most men do not perpetrate violence against women, such violence is not a “women’s” issue; it will take the strength and courage of both women and men to solve this human issue.

This book moves full circle in its coverage of the topic as it explores the silent epidemic of men’s violence against women, the grave consequences of this violence on both individuals and society, and the historical and current foundations that serve to both criminalize and tolerate men’s violence against women. The authors describe a variety of efforts to treat both offenders and victims highlighting both their vital importance and their insufficiency in preventing violence. The final part of the book contains descriptions of model violence prevention approaches and techniques for implementing these programs. Readers are empowered as they discover how they can be part of the solution.

Men's Violence Against Women is intended as a text for courses in gender-based violence in a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, and women's, men's, and/or gender studies. The book is also a valuable resource for college and community gender-based violence prevention and intervention program providers.


"Wonderful for men's and women's studies programs and courses on gender and psychology …a great resource for clinicians." - Robert A. Rando, Ph.D., Wright State University

"Incorporating psychology, sociology, and a bit of legal analysis …this book helps the reader understand the entire picture from motivation, to planning, to victimization, to response." - Connie J. Kirkland, Ph.D., George Mason University

"A useful tool for community agencies …as well as for college counseling centers …The book increases your understanding of what underlies gender based violence and provides concrete information on interventions." - Jonathan Schwartz, Ph.D., University of Houston

"Men's Violence Against Women: Theory, Research amd Activism is a timely publication… a valuable work… bringing theory and research on men's violence against women in a format that is easily accessible to an undergraduate audience." - Jill Cermele, Sex Roles, vol. 57

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction: About Language. Part I: The Problem, the Perpetrator, the Victim. Understanding Gender-Based Violence. Understanding the Offender. The Survivors: Consequences of Gender-Based Violence. Part II: Theory. Social Perspectives: Attitudinal Foundations of Gender-Based Violence. The Big Picture. Part III: Intervention and Prevention. Responding to Gender-Based Violence: Intervention. Gender-Based Violence: Towards Prevention. Model Prevention Programs. Developing Violence Prevention Programs. Epilogue: Final Thoughts.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General