Violence against women is a global problem and despite a wealth of knowledge and inspiring action around the globe, it continues unabated. Bringing together the very best in international scholarship with a rich variety of pedagogical features, this innovative new textbook on violence against women is specifically designed to provoke debate, interrogate assumptions and encourage critical thinking about this global issue.

This book presents a range of critical reflections on the strengths and limitations of responses to violent crimes against women and how they have evolved to date. Each section is introduced with an overview of a particular topic by an expert in the field, followed by thoughtful reflections by researchers, practitioners, or advocates that incorporate new research findings, a new initiative, or innovative ideas for reform. Themes covered include:

  • advances in measurement of violence against women,
  • justice system responses to intimate partner violence and sexual assault,
  • victim crisis and advocacy,
  • behaviour change programs for abusers, and
  • prevention of violence against women.

Each section is supplemented with learning objectives, critical thinking questions and lists of further reading and resources to encourage discussion and to help students to appreciate the contested nature of policy. The innovative structure will bring debate alive in the classroom or seminar and makes the book perfect reading for courses on violence against women, gender and crime, victimology, and crime prevention.

chapter |4 pages


ByHolly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher, Véronique Jaquier

section Section I|40 pages

Measurement of violence against women

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Measurement innovations

Overview of methodological progress and challenges
ByHolly Johnson, Bonnie S. Fisher, Véronique Jaquier

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Innovations in prevalence research

The case of the 28-country survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
BySami Nevala

section Section II|46 pages

Justice system responses to intimate partner violence

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

Overview of current policies on arrest, prosecution, and protection by the police and the justice system as responses to domestic violence

ByCarol Hagemann-White, Cathy Humphreys, Leslie M. Tutty, Kristin Diemer

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Perils of using law

A critique of protection orders to respond to intimate partner violence
ByHeather Douglas, Heather Nancarrow

section Section III|38 pages

Justice system responses to sexual violence

chapter Chapter 7|11 pages

Policing and prosecuting sexual assault

Assessing the pathways to justice
ByCassia Spohn, Katharine Tellis, Eryn Nicole O'Neal

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

The long and winding road

Improving police responses to women's rape allegations
ByJan Jordan

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

Victim lawyers in Norway

ByHege Salomon

section Section IV|40 pages

Victim crisis and advocacy

chapter Chapter 10|11 pages

Breaking down barriers

New developments in multi-agency responses to domestic violence
ByNicky Stanley

chapter Chapter 11|12 pages

Providing services to minority women and women with disabilities

ByRavi K. Thiara

chapter Chapter 12|15 pages

A culturally integrative model of domestic violence response for immigrant and newcomer families of collectivist backgrounds

ByMohammed Baobaid, Nicole Kovacs, Laura MacDiarmid, Eugene Tremblay

section Section V|38 pages

Behavior change programs for abusers

chapter Chapter 13|12 pages

Behavior change programs for intimate partner violence abusers

A means to promote the safety of women and children?
ByDonna Chung

section Section VI|51 pages

Preventing male violence against women

chapter Chapter 17|12 pages

New approaches to violence prevention through bystander intervention

ByAnn L. Coker, Emily R. Clear

chapter Chapter 18|11 pages

Engaging men in prevention of violence against women

ByJackson Katz

chapter Chapter 19|14 pages

A feminist “epistemic community” reshaping public policy

A case study of the End Violence Against Women Coalition
ByMaddy Coy, Liz Kelly, Holly Dustin