Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence, Volume 1

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SAGE, Jun 19, 2008 - Psychology - 925 pages
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"From assisted suicide and batter women to human trafficking and sex offenders, this guide provides an excellent overview of the state research on interpersonal violence. This set is highly recommended for academic libraries."
—John R. M. Lawrence


Interpersonal violence is behavior that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts harm on another. This violence invades both the public and private spheres of our lives; many times in unexpected and frightening ways. Interpersonal violence is a problem that individuals could experience at any point during the life span—even before birth. Interpersonal violence is experienced not only throughout the life course but also as a global problem in the form of war, genocide, terrorism, and rape of women as a weapon of war.

The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence provides accurate, research-supported information to clarify critical issues and educate the public about different forms of interpersonal violence, their incidence and prevalence, theoretical explanations, public policy initiatives, and prevention and intervention strategies. These two volumes contain more than 500 accessible, jargon-fee entries written by experts and provide cross-references to related entries, as well as suggested readings for further information.

Key Features

  • Defines key concepts and explains theoretical principles clearly and succinctly
  • Provides information on current data sets, regional and national organizations specializing in various dimensions of interpersonal violence, and relevant Web sites
  • Serves as a quick reference guide to definitions, statistics, theories, policies, and prevention and intervention programs
  • Discusses concern with interpersonal violence as a problem across the life span and across cultures
  • Addresses careers in the many fields of interpersonal violence

Key Themes

  • Children and Youth
  • Civil and Criminal Legal Systems
  • Interpersonal Violence—General
  • Intervention and Prevention Programs
  • Legislation
  • Organizations and Agencies
  • Racial/Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Research Methods and Data Collection Instruments
  • Sexual Violence and Abuse
  • Syndromes, Disorders, and Other Mental Health Issues
  • Theories and Theoretical Perspectives
  • Violence Between Intimates/Family Violence

The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence is designed for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about various aspects of the problem of interpersonal violence, making it a must-have resource for academic and public libraries.

 

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Claire M. Renzetti is Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair for Studies of Violence Against Women in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. She was Professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton from 2006-2010. She is editor of the international, interdisciplinary journal, Violence Against Women; co-editor with Jeffrey Edleson of the Interpersonal Violence book series for Oxford University Press; and editor of the Gender, Crime and Law book series for Northeastern University Press. She has authored or edited 16 books as well as numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals. Much of her research has focused on the violent victimization experiences of economically marginalized women living in public housing developments. She is currently conducting an ethnography of faith-based organizations involved in anti-trafficking work, a national study of the relationship between religiosity and intimate partner violence, and a survey of NGOs providing services to trafficking victims. Dr. Renzetti has held elected and appointed positions on the governing bodies of several national professional organizations, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the Eastern Sociological Society, and Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociological honors society. She is the 2009 recipient of the Saltzman Award for Contributions to Practice, awarded by the Women and Crime Division of the American Society of Criminology, and the 2011 recipient of the Lee Founders Award, from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, is Dean and Professor in the University of California, Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. He is Professor Emeritus in the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and founding director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. He has published more than 120 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, group work, and program evaluation. Edleson served on the  National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

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