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Sourcebook on Violence Against Women

Sourcebook on Violence Against Women

Third Edition
Edited by:

February 2017 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Third Edition of this comprehensive volume covers the current state of research, theory, prevention, and intervention regarding violence against women. The book’s 15 chapters are divided into three parts: theoretical and methodological issues in researching violence against women; types of violence against women; and, new to this edition, programs that work. Featuring new chapters, pedagogy, sections on controversies in the field, and autobiographical essays by leaders in grassroots anti-violence work, the Third Edition has been designed to encourage discussion and debate, to address issues of diversity and cultural contexts, and to examine inequalities of race and ethnicity, social class, physical ability, sexual orientation, and geographic location. 


Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Researching Violence against Women
Gretchen Arnold & Jami Ake
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Anti-Violence Against Women Movements in the United States
In the Field: When Victims of Battering are Charged with Crimes

Sue Osthoff
Current Controversies: Coercive Control

Evan Stark
Angela Gover, Tara Richards, & Maria Patterson
Chapter 2: Explaining Violence Against Women within the Context of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Current Controversies: Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence

Larry Bennett
Diane Follingstad
Chapter 3: The Challenges of Measuring Violence Against Women
Current Controversies: Are Women Really as Violent as Men? The “Gender Symmetry” Controversy

Sherry Hamby
Susan Miller, LeeAnn Iovanni
Part II: Types of Violence Against Women
Tracy Hipp & Sarah Cook
Chapter 4: Rape and Sexual Assault on Campus, in Diverse Populations, and in the Spotlight
Current Controversies: Disadvantage as a Catalyst for Sexual Victimization

Callie Marie Rennison
Alesha Durfee
Chapter 5: Intimate Partner Violence
In the Field: A Luxurious Reflection on Fearlessness

Sudha Shetty
Current Controversies: Gender-Based Violence Immigrant and Refugee Woman: Heightened Vulnerabilities and Barriers to Help Seeking

Anita Raj & Jennifer Yore
Phoebe Morgan
Chapter 6: Sexual Harassment is Still Violence Against Women at Work
Laura Agnich, Jun Sung Hong, & Anthony Peguero
Chapter 7: Gender-based Violence in Schools
Current Controversies: Technology-facilitated Sexual Violence and Harassment

Nicola Henry & Anastasia Powell
Michelle Meloy & Nicole Cunningham
Chapter 8: Sexual Victimization and Domestic Violence against Elderly Women
Dominque Roe-Sepowitz & Kristine Hickle
Chapter 9: Human Trafficking: A Spotlight on Sex Trafficking
In the Field: Working to End Sex Trafficking

Eliza Reock
Current Controversies: Pornography and Violence Against Women

Matthew Ezzell
Part III: Programs That Work
LeeAnn Iovanni, Susan Miller & Emily Rowe
Chapter 10: Innovative Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Violence
In the Field: Would You Rather Be Right or Effective?

Dorothy Edwards
Leigh Goodmark
Chapter 11: Innovative Criminal Justice Responses to Intimate Partner Violence
Current Controversies: Economic Empowerment Programs for Women Who Have Experience Abuse

Claire Renzetti
Claire Crooks, Peter Jaffe, Caely Dunlop
Chapter 12: Programs for Children Exposed to Violence
Elizabeth Miller & Michele Decker
Chapter 13: Innovative Health Care Responses to Violence against Women
In the Field: Working to Make a Difference

Debi Cain
Current Controversies: Programs for Women Who Have Used Force in Intimate Relationships

Lisa Larance
Richard Tolman, Tova Walsh & Jeffrey Edleson
Chapter 14: Engaging Men in Violence Prevention
In the Field: Intervening with Men Who Batter

David Garvin
Stephanie Townsend & Rebecca Campbell
Chapter 15: Services for Survivors of Sexual Violence: Moving from Core to Comprehensive Services
Evan Stark
Current Controversies: Coercive Control

“The text is geared towards an approach to interdisciplinary undergraduate studies (human services, psychology, social work, criminal justice) and offers broad coverage of issues pertaining to violence against women. The authors leave no stones uncovered from creating awareness about research on victims to batterer interventions."

Diana L. Bruns
Southeast Missouri State University

“I think it is important for students to view the issues beyond their life stories and see them through the view of practitioners, the courts, and law enforcement—this book does that!” 

Carolyn Slotten
Miami University

It seems to address everything I wanted to address within my course.

Professor Lindsey Krumpholz
College Of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University
February 28, 2021
Key features


  • New chapters on the history of anti-violence against women movements, gender-based violence in schools, violence against elderly women, and human trafficking deepen student understanding of important issues.
  • A new Part III: Programs that Work explores innovative prevention and intervention programs that evaluation studies have shown to have positive outcomes for both victims and perpetrators.
  • New In the Field autobiographical essays written by leaders who work at the grassroots level expose students to the diverse work being done on the front lines of the anti-violence against women movement and seek to inspire students to see themselves doing this vital work.  
  • New boxed sections on current controversies explore current topics being debated in the field and present empirical evidence to help students evaluate the issues addressed. Issues include: coercive control; substance use; gender symmetry; economic disadvantage as a catalyst for sexual victimization; gender-based violence against immigrant and refugee women; technology-facilitated violence and harassment; pornography; economic empowerment programs; and programs for women who have used force against intimate partners.
  • New discussion questions and resources for further study at the end of each chapter and each boxed section help promote critical thinking, stimulate classroom discussion, and encourage further exploration of key topics.


  • Brief, chapter-opening introductions provide readers important background to better prepare for upcoming material.
  • Well-known editors and contributors across a span of disciplines, including social work, criminology, and sociology, ensure the highest quality contributions for studying violence against women.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 11

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