Since the 1970s the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) has been explained through the patriarchal desire of men to control and dominate women, but this gendered perspective limits both our understanding of IPV and its treatment. Intimate Partner Violence: New Perspectives in Research and Practice is the first book of its kind to present a detailed and rigorous critique of current domestic violence research and practice within the same volume. 

In this challenging new text, with contributions from the UK, the US, and Canada, the subject is assessed from a more holistic position. It provides a critical analysis of the issue of domestic violence including issues that are often not part of the mainstream discussion. Each of the chapters tackles a different area of research or practice, from a critical review of contemporary topics in domestic violence research, including a critical review of men’s use of violence in relationships, a consideration of male victims, IPV within the LGBTQ+ community, perceptions of perpetrators and victims, and IPV within adolescent populations. The second half of the book examines challenges and opportunities for professionals working in the field and includes an analysis of an evidence informed perpetrator programme, the challenges faced working with male victims, and a discussion of the impact of domestic violence on children.

Culminating with a series of evidence-based recommendations to bridge the divide between academic and practitioner stakeholders and to inform future working practices, this is an essential resource for students and practitioners alike.

chapter 1|8 pages


Why change current practice?

part I|78 pages


chapter 3|17 pages

“Victim cast as perpetrator”

Men’s experiences of the Criminal Justice System following female-perpetrated intimate partner violence

chapter 4|15 pages

“It can’t be that bad, I mean, he’s a guy”

Exploring judgements towards domestic violence scenarios varying on perpetrator and victim gender, and abuse type

chapter 5|15 pages

Distinctions in adolescent dating violence

An exploration of etiology, scope, and prevention strategies of intimate partner violence in adolescence

part II|92 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

Using research in practice

Up2U an innovative approach to tackling domestic abuse

chapter 10|15 pages

Raising awareness and improving services for male victims of abuse

Reflections on a three-year development project in Scotland

chapter 11|18 pages

Childhood experiences of domestic violence and adult outcomes

Where are we now: challenges, debates, and interventions?

chapter 12|7 pages

Conclusions and recommendations

Why change current practice?