Violence is a serious public health problem. The number of violent deaths tells only part of the story, and many more survive violence and are left with permanent physical and emotional scars. Violence also erodes communities by reducing productivity, decreasing property values, and disrupting social services.
In recent years, scholars have broadened their definitions of violence beyond the realm of interpersonal harms such as murder, armed robbery, and male-to-female physical and sexual assaults in intimate relationships, to include behaviors often ignored by the criminal justice system, such as human rights violations, racism, psychological abuse, state terrorism, environmental violations, and war. Guided by this broader definition of violence, this handbook offers state of the art research in the field and brings together international experts to discuss empirical, theoretical, and policy issues.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Gathering and Analyzing Violence Data 1. Crime Victimization Survey Research 2. Mixed Methods in the Study of Violence 3. Using Crime Surveys as Tools of Critical Insight and Progressive Change 4. Historical Methods 5. Enhancing the Quality of Research on Understudied Populations 6. The Caring Adult Role: Avoiding Exploitation in Youth Violence Ethnographies Part 2: New Ways of Thinking Theoretically About Violence 7. Thinking Theoretically About Image-Based Sexual Abuse: The Contribution of Male Peer Support Theory 8. What’s Place Got to Do with It? Explaining Violence in a Rural Context 9. Theoretical Perspectives on Environmental Violence 10. Gender, Violence, and Multiple Oppressions 11. The Material Reality of State Violence: The Case of Police Militarization 12. Theorising "War" 13. Masculinities and School Shootings 14. Feminist Perspectives on State Crimes Against Women 15. Toward an Ecological Model of Violence Among African Americans Part 3: Select Topics in Violence Studies 16. Hate Crime as Cultural Violence 17. Adult Pornography and Violence Against Women 18. Urban Industrial Contamination and Environmental Justice 19. Technology-facilitated Coercive Control 20. Child Sexual Abuse 21. The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Children and Youth: Considering Strategies for Intervention and Cultivating Resilience 22. LGBTQ Partner Violence 23. Campus Sexual Assault 24. An Alternative View of Animal Abuse: Violence Against the Environment and All Its Creatures 25. Ecocide: Violence Against the Planet 26. Gang Violence 27. Male Hunting Subcultures and Violence Against Women 28. Genocide 29. Violence and Indigenous Communities 30. Research on Human Trafficking: Victim Characteristics, Consequences, Service Needs, and Future Research Directions 31. Girls, Gangs, Violence, and Justice: An Overview 32. Clergy-perpetuated Child Sexual Abuse 33. Male Violence Against Women 34. Key Issues in the Rape and Sexual Assault of Adult Women Part 4: New Policy Directions 35. Hope and Healing through Arts Behind Bars 36. Ending Abusive Endings: Curbing Separation/Divorce Violence Against Women 37. Resisting Rape Culture in Digital Society 38. What Can Be Done About State Crimes Against Women?: Some Suggestions for the Future
Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, USA.
Callie Marie Rennison is a Professor at the School of Public Affairs (SPA), University of Colorado Denver, USA.
Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Fairmont State University, USA.
'A comprehensive, yet accessible volume, this handbook is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of long-standing and emergent issues of violence. It is an outstanding contribution to criminology: it synthesizes and extends theoretical, methodological, and policy approaches to violence by featuring a range of analyses that illuminate how interlocking inequalities inform violence in complicated ways. In doing so, the collection demonstrates how a critically informed criminology is an important—and arguably essential—partner in addressing complex and pressing public health concerns.'
Kathryn Henne, Canada Research Chair in Biogovernance, Law and Society, University of Waterloo, Canada, and Associate Professor of Regulation and Governance, The Australian National University, Australia