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.

section Section I|40 pages

Measurement of violence against women

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Measurement innovations

Overview of methodological progress and challenges

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Innovations in prevalence research

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

section Section II|46 pages

Justice system responses to intimate partner violence

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

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

The long and winding road

Improving police responses to women's rape allegations

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

Victim lawyers in Norway

section Section IV|40 pages

Victim crisis and advocacy

section Section VI|51 pages

Preventing male violence against women