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 Part 1|8 pages


chapter 1|6 pages


ByRebecca J. Macy, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Carolina Øverlien, Stephanie Holt, John Devaney

part Part 2|101 pages

Theoretical perspectives on domestic violence and abuse

chapter 2|16 pages

Domestic violence and abuse through a feminist lens

ByMargunn Bjørnholt

chapter 3|13 pages

Psychology and domestic violence against women 1

ByFloretta Boonzaier, Taryn van Niekerk

chapter 4|15 pages

Domestic violence and abuse through a sociological lens

ByAlison C. Cares, Amy Reckdenwald, Ketty Fernandez

chapter 5|13 pages

Domestic violence and abuse through a criminological lens

ByMarianne Hester

chapter 6|11 pages

Domestic violence through a human rights lens

ByJane Freedman

chapter 8|14 pages

Domestic violence and abuse through a psychological lens

ByHelene Flood Aakvaag, Kristin Alve Glad

part Part 3|90 pages

Domestic violence and abuse across the life-course

chapter 9|15 pages

The impact of domestic violence and abuse on infant mental health

ByWendy Bunston

chapter 10|13 pages

Domestic violence and the impact on children

ByMargaret Kertesz, Larissa Fogden, Cathy Humphreys

chapter 12|16 pages

Youth intimate partner violence

BySibel Korkmaz

chapter 13|13 pages

The middle years

A neglected population regarding domestic violence and abuse?
ByEija Paavilainen, Tanja Koivula

chapter 14|17 pages

Intimate partner violence

Transforming the response to older victim-survivors in later life
BySarah Wydall

part Part 4|229 pages

Manifestations of domestic violence and abuse

chapter 15|17 pages

Sexual violence within intimate relationships

ByAngie C. Kennedy, Elizabeth Meier, Jessica Saba

chapter 16|47 pages

Domestic violence and abuse within male same-sex relationships

ByAda R. Miltz, Ana Maria Buller, Loraine J. Bacchus

chapter 17|16 pages

Domestic violence and abuse within female same-sex relationships

ByLaura Badenes-Ribera, Amparo Bonilla-Campos

chapter 19|14 pages

Economic abuse within intimate relationships

ByLaura Johnson

chapter 20|14 pages

Domestic violence and disability in India explored in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals

BySonali Shah, Ashwini Deshmukh, Caroline Bradbury-Jones

chapter 21|15 pages

Domestic violence and animal abuse

ByAmy J. Fitzgerald, Betty Jo Barrett, Rochelle Stevenson, Patti A. Timmons Fritz

chapter 22|16 pages

Transnational marriage abandonment

A new form of domestic violence and abuse in transnational spaces
BySundari Anitha, Anupama Roy, Harshita Yalamarty

chapter 23|17 pages

Technology-assisted abuse within intimate relationships

ByKarlie E. Stonard

chapter 24|14 pages

Intimate partner homicide

BySolveig Karin Bø Vatnar, Christine Friestad, Stål Bjørkly

chapter 25|16 pages

Coercive control

ByAmanda Robinson, Andy Myhill

chapter 26|12 pages

Murder in the family

Why culture is an insufficient explanation for ‘honour’-based violence
ByAisha K. Gill

chapter 27|15 pages

Intimate partner violence against women in forced migration

ByKarin Wachter, Laurie Cook Heffron

part Part 5|193 pages

Responding to domestic violence and abuse

chapter 30|16 pages

Mothering in the context of domestic violence

BySimon Lapierre

chapter 31|17 pages

Fathering in the context of domestic violence and abuse

ByKatreena Scott

chapter 32|21 pages

Adolescent intimate partner violence prevention and intervention

A developmental, intersectional perspective
ByHeather L. McCauley, Taylor A. Reid

chapter 33|15 pages

Community-based safety partnerships to reduce gender-based violence in Uganda

The Anti-Domestic Violence and Abuse Center (ADOVIC) approach
ByMaria T. Clark, Kyemba Rosemary Wakesho, Recheal Silvia Bonsuk, Shiella Nabunya, Bugonzi Margaret Kyemba Kulaba, Julie Taylor

chapter 35|16 pages

Domestic violence survivors’ emotional and mental health

ByJeongsuk Kim, Rebecca J. Macy

chapter 36|14 pages

Housing strategies for addressing domestic violence and abuse

ByNkiru Nnawulezi, Marc Dones

chapter 37|15 pages

Economic empowerment in the context of domestic violence and abuse

ByNadine Shaanta Murshid, Sarah Richards-Desai, Andrew Irish

chapter 38|15 pages

Gender justice advocates and the making of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

ByMarsha Scott, Emma Ritch

chapter 39|19 pages

Trauma-informed and oppression-sensitive intervention for those who engage in intimate partner violence

ByCasey T. Taft, Maxine Davis, Hannah E. Cole, Molly R. Franz, Gabrielle Johnson

part Part 6|157 pages

Researching domestic violence and abuse

chapter 40|15 pages

Listening to less-heard voices

Methodological approaches, considerations and challenges when researching domestic violence and abuse with vulnerable and marginalised women
BySiobán O’Brien Green, Sarah Morton

chapter 41|15 pages

Creative methodologies

Using digital stories to embed the voices of children within programs for men who use domestic violence
ByKatie Lamb, Cathy Humphreys

chapter 43|14 pages

Domestic homicide review processes as a method of learning

ByMyrna Dawson

chapter 44|21 pages

Interventions to prevent or reduce adolescent dating violence

Methodological considerations in randomized-controlled trials
ByErnest N. Jouriles, Kelli S. Sargent, Alison Krauss, Renee McDonald

chapter 46|14 pages

Community-based research in the domestic violence context

ByLisa A. Goodman, Helen P. Hailes

chapter 47|15 pages

Mixed methods in the context of quasi-experimental research designs

ByClaire M. Renzetti, Diane R. Follingstad, Margaret I. Campe

chapter 48|16 pages

Quantitative methods for researching domestic violence and abuse

ByChristopher J. Wretman, Cynthia Fraga Rizo, Sandra L. Martin, Lawrence L. Kupper

chapter 49|17 pages

Extending women’s voice through innovative methods

Lessons from struggles for democracy in Hong Kong
BySui-Ting Kong, Petula Sik Ying Ho, Yu Te Huang

part Part 7|7 pages

Concluding thoughts

chapter 50|5 pages

Concluding thoughts

ByJohn Devaney, Stephanie Holt, Carolina Øverlien, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Rebecca J. Macy