1st Edition

Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence A Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Recognition, and Intervention

    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Research shows that intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) is the most common form of sexual assault. Professional focus is often on the victim, but more information is needed about the perpetrators in order to have a fuller understanding of this crime. The very nature of IPSV – sexual assault within a relationship – means that professionals who work with victims must understand the dynamics of perpetrators as well.

    This new book will distill the knowledge that exists about perpetrators of IPSV. It includes chapters by authors who have worked directly with IPSV perpetrators and covers important subjects such as addressing IPSV in batterer groups, police management strategies, the danger of IPSV to children, the different types of violence perpetrators use, and prevention approaches for young people. There is also still a widely held view that rapists are strangers in alleyways. This book is intended to educate professionals about who is a perpetrator, as well as to highlight the very real danger these perpetrators represent, including a heightened risk of lethality.

    The contributors look at the social context of IPSV and the implications for prevention and provide hands-on knowledge to practitioners in a number of fields. The book may also be used within the academic context in fields such as social work, sociology, counseling, psychology, medicine, nursing, criminal justice, and law.

    List of contributors

    Foreword - Evan Stark


    Part 1: Moving the Focus to Perpetrators and their Impact

    1. Introduction: Why a Focus on Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence is Essential – Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Patricia Easteal AM, and Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck
    2. Talking to Killers: What Can They Tell Us About Sexual Assault as a Risk Factor for Homicide? – David Adams
    3. Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence – Kathryn Ford
    4. Part 2: Who Are the Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence?

    5. The Mindset of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators: Motivations and Myths – Patricia Easteal AM and Louise McOrmond-Plummer
    6. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators and Entitlement – Debra Parkinson
    7. Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Characteristics & Motivations – Joseph A. Camilleri and Melissa M. Miele

    8. What Type of Men Sexually Assault Their Partners, and Why Do Women Love Them? Beyond Stereotyping – Louise McOrmond-Plummer
    9. Part 3: Perpetrators’ Strategies for Control

    10. What Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Looks Like: Coercive Methods of Perpetrators – Louise McOrmond-Plummer
    11. "But He Didn’t Hit Me" – Living with a Non-Physical-Battering Sexual Abuser – Lindsey Mason
    12. Lucky to Be Alive: A Battering Partner Rapist – Louise McOrmond-Plummer
    13. Perpetrators and Reproductive Coercion – Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck
    14. Part 4: How Perpetrators are Condoned: The Social Context of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

    15. The Role of Male Peer Support in Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators’ Offending – Walter S. DeKeseredy
    16. The Role of Adult Pornography in Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators’ Offending – Walter S. DeKeseredy and Rus Ervin Funk
    17. The Court’s Response to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators – Anna Carline and Patricia Easteal AM
    18. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and Family Law – Angela Lynch, Janet Loughman, and "Eleanor," with commentary by Thomas P. Alongi
    19. When Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Intersects with Faith Traditions and Practices – Marie M. Fortune
    20. Part 5: Community Prevention and Intervention with Perpetrators

    21. Addressing and Combatting Intimate Partner Sexual Violence – Rus Ervin Funk and Lundy Bancroft
    22. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and Perpetrator Programs: Project Mirabal Research Findings – Nicole Westmarland and Liz Kelly
    23. Law Enforcement Response to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators – Mike Davis
    24. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Prevention with Young People – Kat Monusky and Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck
    25. Preventing Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment with Young People: A One-Year Follow-up on the Shifting Boundaries Intervention – Bruce G. Taylor, Elizabeth A. Mumford, Weiwei Liu, and Nan D. Stein
    26. Conclusion: A Fresh Approach to Prevention, Identification, and Accountability of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Perpetrators – Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, Patricia Easteal AM, and Louise McOrmond-Plummer



    Louise McOrmond-Plummer is Research Associate at the West Virginia University Center on Violence, USA. She has twenty-five years of study, work and activism experience in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, with particular focus on intimate partner sexual violence.

    Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with more than thirty-five years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and has developed expertise in program development and victim advocacy. She is president of Levy-Peck Consulting, LLC.

    Patricia Easteal, AM, is Professor of Law at the University of Canberra, Australia. She has twenty-plus years of research, writing, advocacy and teaching experience in the area of women and the law, domestic violence and sexual assault. She has written and/or edited 15 relevant books and more than 160 academic journal articles.

    'Perpetrators of IPSV is an important and valuable contribution to our understanding of this widespread, yet understudied, form of violence. Noted scholars, practitioners and survivors offer new research as well as extensive intervention and prevention recommendations. This volume will prove most useful for all of us working to end sexual violence.' - Kersti Yllo, Wheaton College, U.S.A 

    'The subjects of this comprehensive, well-researched, and disturbing collection are the men who have sexually assaulted a partner and the effects on the women and children who are victimized by them. The book is long overdue, much needed, and path-breaking.' - Evan Stark, Rutgers University, U.S.A

    'McOrmond-Plummer, Easteal and Levy-Peck have made a critical contribution to the field of violence against women with this multi-disciplinary book that addresses a highly understudied phenomena.

    For far too long there has been a dearth of information about men who sexually abuse their intimate partners. This important book assembles leading experts from a variety of disciplines to address this void in an important way. For those who are working in the community with perpetrators, those working with women who have been victimized by their partners and others committed to ending violence against women, this book is essential reading.

    This book contributes in an important way to furthering our understanding of IPSV as 'real rape' with very real consequences for society and most importantly, the lives of women who are victimized by their partners.' - Raquel Bergen, Saint Joseph's University, U.S.A