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
Callie Marie Rennison and Martin D. Schwartz
2. Mixed Methods in the Study of Violence
Kai M. Thaler
3. Using Crime Surveys as Tools of Critical Insight and Progressive Change
Walter S. DeKeseredy
4. Historical Methods
Barry S. Godfrey
5. Enhancing the Quality of Research on Understudied Populations
Rebecca Pfeffer et al.
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
Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz
8. What’s Place Got to Do with It? Explaining Violence in a Rural Context
Joseph F. Donnermeyer
9. Theoretical Perspectives on Environmental Violence
10. Gender, Violence, and Multiple Oppressions
Katherine Irwin and Lisa Pasko
11. The Material Reality of State Violence: The Case of Police Militarization
Peter B. Kraska and Shannon Williams
12. Theorising "War"
Sandra Walklate and Ross McGarry,
13. Masculinities and School Shootings
Cliff Leek and Mariah Lewis-Elliot
14. Feminist Perspectives on State Crimes Against Women
Victoria E. Collins
15. Toward an Ecological Model of Violence Among African Americans
Carolyn M. West
Part 3: Select Topics in Violence Studies
16. Hate Crime as Cultural Violence
Lee Thorpe Jr., Andrea DeKeseredy, and James J. Nolan
17. Adult Pornography and Violence Against Women
Walter S. DeKeseredy
18. Urban Industrial Contamination and Environmental Justice
19. Technology-facilitated Coercive Control
Molly Dragiewicz et al.
20. Child Sexual Abuse
21. The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on Children and Youth: Considering Strategies for Intervention and Cultivating Resilience
Angelique Jenney and Ramona Alaggia
22. LGBTQ Partner Violence
Adam M. Messinger and Jennifer Roark
23. Campus Sexual Assault
Kevin M. Swartout and William F. Flack Jr.
24. An Alternative View of Animal Abuse: Violence Against the Environment and All Its Creatures
Paul B. Stretesky and Bonnie Berry
25. Ecocide: Violence Against the Planet
Rob White and Olivia Hasler
26. Gang Violence
Timothy R. Lauger
27. Male Hunting Subcultures and Violence Against Women
Amanda K. Hall-Sanchez
Christopher W. Mullins
29. Violence and Indigenous Communities
Chris Cunneen and Juan Tauri
30. Research on Human Trafficking: Victim Characteristics, Consequences, Service Needs, and Future Research Directions
Emily I. Troshynski and Alexa Bejinariu
31. Girls, Gangs, Violence, and Justice: An Overview
Lisa Pasko and Meda Chesney-Lind
32. Clergy-perpetuated Child Sexual Abuse
33. Male Violence Against Women
Shana L. Maier and Raquel Kennedy Bergen
34. Key Issues in the Rape and Sexual Assault of Adult Women
Walter S. DeKeseredy and Callie Marie Rennison
Part 4: New Policy Directions
35. Hope and Healing through Arts Behind Bars
Jill Leslie Rosenbaum
36. Ending Abusive Endings: Curbing Separation/Divorce Violence Against Women
Walter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz, and Martin D. Schwartz
37. Resisting Rape Culture in Digital Society
Anastasia Powell and Lisa Sugiura
38. What Can Be Done About State Crimes Against Women?: Some Suggestions for the Future
Victoria E. Collins and Anne M. Mahar
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