1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Domestic Violence and Abuse

    834 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    834 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book makes an important contribution to the international understanding of domestic violence and shares the latest knowledge of what causes and sustains domestic violence between intimate partners, as well as the effectiveness of responses in working with adult and child victims, and those who act abusively towards their partners.

    Drawing upon a wide range of contemporary research from across the globe, it recognises that domestic violence is both universal, but also shaped by local cultures and contexts. Divided into seven parts:

    • Introduction.
    • Theoretical perspectives on domestic violence and abuse.
    • Domestic violence and abuse across the life-course.
    • Manifestations of domestic violence and abuse.
    • Responding to domestic violence and abuse.
    • Researching domestic violence and abuse.
    • Concluding thoughts.

    It will be of interest to all academics and students working in social work, allied health, sociology, criminology and gender studies as well as policy professionals looking for new approaches to the subject.

    Part One: Introduction

    1 Introduction
    Rebecca J. Macy, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Carolina Øverlien, Stephanie Holt and John Devaney

    Part Two: Theoretical Perspectives on Domestic Violence and Abuse

    2 Domestic violence and abuse through a feminist lens
    Margunn Bjørnholt

    3 Psychology and domestic violence against womxn
    Floretta Boonzaier & Taryn van Niekerk

    4 Domestic violence and abuse through a sociological lens
    Alison C. Cares, Amy Reckdenwald and Ketty Fernandez

    5 Domestic violence and abuse through a criminological lens
    Marianne Hester

    6 Domestic violence through a Human Rights lens
    Jane Freedman

    7 Tackling domestic violence and abuse using a rights-oriented public health lens
    Anuj Kapilashrami

    8 Domestic violence and abuse through a psychological lens
    Helene Flood Aakvaag and Kristin Alve Glad

    Part Three: Domestic Violence and Abuse Across the Life-course

    9 The impact of domestic violence and abuse on infant mental health
    Wendy Bunston

    10 Domestic violence and the impact on children
    Margaret Kertesz, Larissa Fogden and Cathy Humphreys

    11 Preventive socialisation of intimate partner violence through the analysis of family interactions and previous intimate relationships
    Esther Oliver, Guiomar Merodio and Patricia Melgar

    12 Youth intimate partner violence
    Sibel Korkmaz

    13 The middle years – a neglected population regarding domestic violence and abuse?
    Eija Paavalainen and Tanja Koivula

    14 Intimate Partner Violence: Transforming the response to older victim-survivors in later life
    Sarah Wydall

    Part Four: Manifestations of Domestic Violence and Abuse

    15 Sexual violence within intimate relationships
    Angie C. Kennedy, Elizabeth Meier and Jessica Saba

    16 Domestic violence and abuse within male same-sex relationships
    Ada R Miltz, Ana Maria Buller and Loraine J Bacchus

    17 Domestic violence and abuse within female same-sex relationships
    Laura Badenes-Ribera and Amparo Bonilla-Campos

    18 Domestic violence and abuse when survivors identify as trans or non-binary
    Michaela Rogers

    19 Economic abuse within intimate relationships
    Laura Johnson

    20 Domestic violence and disability in India explored in relation to the sustainable development goals
    Sonali Shah, Ashwini Deshmukh and Caroline Bradbury-Jones

    21 Domestic violence and animal abuse
    Amy J. Fitzgerald, Betty Jo Barrett, Rochelle Stevenson and Patti A. Timmons Fritz

    22 Transnational marriage abandonment: A new form of domestic violence and abuse in transnational spaces
    Sundari Anitha, Anupama Roy and Harshita Yalamarty

    23 Technology-assisted abuse within intimate relationships
    Karlie E. Stonard

    24 Intimate partner homicide
    Solveig Karin Bø Vatnar, Christine Friestad and Stål Bjørkly

    25 Coercive control
    Amanda Robinson and Andy Myhill

    26 Murder in the Family: Why culture is an insufficient explanation for ‘honour’-based violence
    Aisha K. Gill

    27 Intimate partner violence against women in forced migration
    Karin Wachter and Laurie Cook Heffron

    Part Five: Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse

    28 International review of the literature on risk assessment and management of domestic violence and abuse.
    Stephanie Holt and Lynne Cahill

    29 Interventions for children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse
    Åsa Källström

    30 Mothering in the context of domestic violence
    Simon Lapierre

    31 Fathering in the context of domestic violence and abuse
    Katreena Scott

    32 Adolescent intimate partner violence prevention & intervention: a developmental, intersectional perspective
    Heather L. McCauley and Taylor A. Reid

    33 Community-based safety partnerships to reduce gender-based violence in Uganda: The Anti-Domestic Violence and Abuse Center (ADOVIC) approach
    Maria T. Clark, Kyemba Rosemary Wakesho, Recheal Silvia Bonsuk, Shiella Nabunya, Bugonzi Margaret Kyemba Kulaba and Julie Taylor

    34 Healthcare-based violence against women strategies to address the problem in Argentina
    Lorena Saletti-Cuesta

    35 Domestic violence survivors’ emotional and mental health
    Jeongsuk Kim and Rebecca J. Macy

    36 Housing strategies for addressing domestic violence and abuse
    Nkiru Nnawulezi and Marc Dones

    37 Economic empowerment in the context of domestic violence and abuse
    Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Sarah Richards-Desai and Andrew Irish

    38 Gender justice advocates and the making of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018
    Marsha Scott and Emma Ritch

    39 Trauma-informed and oppression-sensitive intervention for those who engage in intimate partner violence
    Casey T. Taft, Maxine Davis, Hannah E. Cole, Molly R. Franz and Gabrielle Johnson

    Part Six: Researching Domestic Violence and Abuse

    40 Listening to less-heard voices: methodological approaches, considerations and challenges when researching domestic violence and abuse with vulnerable and marginalised women
    Siobán O’Brien Green and Sarah Morton

    41 Creative methodologies: using digital stories to embed the voices of children within programs for men who use domestic violence.
    Katie Lamb and Cathy Humphreys

    42 Qualitative interviews with children and adolescents who have experienced domestic violence and abuse
    Carolina Øverlien and Stephanie Holt

    43 Domestic Homicide Review processes as a method of learning
    Myrna Dawson

    44 Interventions to prevent or reduce adolescent dating violence: methodological considerations in randomized-controlled trials
    Ernest N. Jouriles, Kelli S. Sargent, Alison Krauss and Renee McDonald

    45 Evaluating group based programmes for individuals who use violence and abuse in their intimate relationships
    John Devaney

    46 Community-based research in the domestic violence context
    Lisa A. Goodman and Helen P. Hailes

    47 Mixed methods in the context of quasi-experimental research designs
    Claire M. Renzetti, Diane R. Follingstad and Margaret I. Campe

    48 Quantitative methods for researching domestic violence and abuse
    Christopher J. Wretman, Cynthia Fraga Rizo, Sandra L. Martin, and Lawrence L. Kupper

    49 Extending women’s voice through innovative methods: lessons from struggles for democracy in Hong Kong
    Sui-Ting Kong, Petula Sik Ying Ho and Yu Te Huang

    Part Seven: Concluding Thoughts

    50 Conclusion
    John Devaney, Stephanie Holt, Carolina Øverlien, Caroline Bradbury-Jones and Rebecca J. Macy


    John Devaney is Professor and Centenary Chair of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

    Caroline Bradbury-Jones is Professor of Gender-Based Violence and Health at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

    Rebecca J. Macy is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the University of Northern Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, USA.

    Carolina Øverlien is a Research leader at Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS) in Oslo, Norway, and Professor at Stockholm University, Sweden.

    Stephanie Holt is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland.