Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic Violence, Sexual Behaviour and the Law

Literature Review on Domestic Violence

In the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, [1] Janine M. Zweig and Lauren Bennett Cattaneo provide the following summary about the topic of Domestic Violence: Domestic violence has both private and public costs to society. It has devastating consequences for the families in which it occurs, with impacts on the mental and physical health of the victims, and on the children who witness the violence. Many victim service, public health, and legal system interventions have been developed to deal with this issue. Here we define the phenomena of domestic violence and describe different types of violence that occur between partners. We also discuss the prevalence of domestic violence, describe legislative and policy changes around this issue, and describe specific victim service and legal remedies to address it, along with the evidence of the effectiveness of these programs.


Notes and References

  1. Entry about Domestic Violence in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2015, Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom)

See Also

  • Crime
  • Violent Crime
  • Violence

Access to Justice; Mentors in Violence Prevention Model; Rape; Sexual Harassment; Sexual Slavery; Torture

Further Reading

  • Abraham, M. (2000). Isolation as a form of marital violence: The South Asian immigrant experience. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9, 221-236.
  • Adam, N. M., & Schewe, P. A. (2007). A multilevel framework exploring domestic violence against immigrant and Pakistani women in the United States. Journal of Muslim Health, 2(1), 5-20.
  • Afifi, T. O., MacMillan, H., Cox, B. J., Asmundson, G. J. G., Stein, M. B., & Sareen, J. (2009). Mental health correlates of intimate partner violence in marital relationships in a nationally representative sample of males and females. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 1398-1417.
  • Amanor-Boadu, Y., Messing, J. T., Stith, S. M., Anderson, J. R., OÂ’Sullivan, C., & Campbell, J. C. (2012). Immigrant and non-immigrant women: Factors that predict leaving an abusive relationship. Violence against Women, 18(5), 611-633.
  • Bell, M. E., Cattaneo, L. B., Goodman, L. A., & Dutton, M. A. (2008). Assessing the risk of future psychological abuse: Predicting the accuracy of battered womenÂ’s predictions. Journal of Family Violence, 23(2), 69-80.
  • Bensley, L., Van Eenwyk, J., & Simmons, K. W. (2003). Childhood family violence history and womenÂ’s risk for intimate partner violence and poor health. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 25(1), 38-44.
  • Bent-Goodley, T. B. (2007b). Health disparities and violence against women: Why and how cultural and societal influences matter. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 8(2), 90-104.
  • Bhuyan, R., Mell, M., Senturia, K., Sullivan, M., & Shiu-Thornton, S. (2005). Women must endure according to their karma: Cambodian immigrant women talk about domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20, 902-921.
  • Campbell, J. C., Webster, D. W., & Glass, N. (2009). The Danger Assessment: Validation of a lethality risk assessment instrument for intimate partner femicide. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24(4), 653-674.
  • Cattaneo, L. B., & Goodman, L. A. (2003). Victim-reported risk factors for continued abusive behavior: Assessing the dangerousness of arrested batterers. Journal of Community Psychology, 31(4), 349-369.
  • Crandall, M., Senturia, K., Sullivan, M., & Shiu-Thornton, S. (2005). No way out: Russian speaking womenÂ’s experiences with domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20, 941-958.
  • Dasgupta, S. D., & Warrier, S. (1996). In the footsteps of “Arundhati”: Asian Indian womenÂ’s experiences of domestic violence in the United States. Violence against Women, 2, 238-259.
  • Dugan, L., Nagin, D., & Rosenfeld, R. (2003a). Do domestic violence services save lives? National Institute of Justice Journal, 250, 20-25.
  • Domestic Violence in the Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior and the Law
  • Dugan, L., Nagin, D., & Rosenfeld, R. (2003b). Exposure reduction or retaliation? The effects of domestic violence resources on intimate-partner homicide. Law & Society Review, 37, 169-198.
  • Dutton, M. A. (2000). Empowering and healing the battered woman: A model for assessment and intervention. New York, NY: Springer.
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  • Erez, E., & Hartley, C. C. (2003). Battered immigrant women and the legal system: A therapeutic jurisprudence perspective. Western Criminology Review, 4, 155-169.
  • Glass, N., Perrin, N., Hanson, G., Bloom, T., Gardner, E., & Campbell, J. C. (2008b). Risk for reassault in abusive female same-sex relationships. American Journal of Public Health, 98(6), 1021-1027.
  • Goodkind, J. R., Sullivan, C. S., & Bybee, D. I. (2004). A contextual analysis of battered womenÂ’s safety planning. Violence Against Women, 10(5), 514-533.
  • Goodman, L., Dutton, M. A., Vankos, N., & Weinfurt, K. (2005). WomenÂ’s resources and use of strategies as risk and protective factors for reabuse over time. Violence against Women, 11(3), 311-336.
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  • Kasturirangan, A., Krishnan, S., & Riger, S. (2004). The impact of culture and minority status on womenÂ’s experience of domestic violence. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 5(4), 318-332.
  • Kropp, P. R., Hart, S. D., Webster, C. D., & Eaves, D. (1995). Manual for the spousal assault risk assessment guide (2nd ed.). Vancouver, British Columbia: BC Institute on Family Violence.
  • Leone, J. M. (2011). Suicidal behavior among low-income, African American female victims of intimate terrorism and situational couple violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(13), 2568-2591.
  • Lightfoot, E., & Williams, O. (2009). The intersection of disability, diversity, and domestic violence: Results of national focus groups. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 18, 133-152.
  • Macy, R. J., Giattina, M., Sangster, T. H., Crosby, C., & Montijo, N. J. (2009). Domestic violence and sexual assault services: Inside the black box. Aggression & Violent Behavior, 14, 359-373.
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  • Sullivan, M., Senturia, K., Negash, T., Shiu-Thornton, S., & Giday, B. (2005). “For us it is like living in the dark”: Ethiopian womenÂ’s experiences with domestic violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20, 922-940.
  • Temple, J. R., Weston, R., Rodriguez, B. F., & Marshall, L. L. (2007). Differing effects of partner and nonpartner sexual assault on womenÂ’s mental health. Violence Against Women, 13, 285-198.
  • Thaller, J. E., & Messing, J. T. (2013). Loving, lying, dying: Common (mis)perceptions around intimate partner violence as depicted in “Love the way you lie.” Feminist Media Studies. doi:10.1080/14680777.2013.826267
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  • Ventura, L. A., & Davis, G. (2005). Domestic violence: Court case conviction and recidivism. Violence Against Women, 11(2), 255-277.
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  • West, C. M., Williams, L. M., & Siegel, J. A. (2000). Adult sexual revictimization among Black women sexually abused in childhood: A prospective examination of serious consequences of abuse. Child Maltreatment, 5(1), 49-57.
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Hierarchical Display of Domestic violence

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Concept of Domestic violence

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Social Questions > Social affairs > Social problem > Violence > Domestic violence
Law > Criminal law > Offence > Crime against individuals > Sexual offence > Sexual violence > Domestic violence

See also

  • Marital violence
  • Family violence
  • Violence against a partner