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Violence Against Women
Current Theory and Practice in Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Exploitation
Nancy Lombard   Lesley McMillan  

$40.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9781849051323    

256 Pages

Distributed for Jessica Kingsley Publishers


About the Book

Violence against women is a pervasive problem in society and responding appropriately to those who experience it and those who perpetrate it is a constant challenge for social work, health and related professions today.

This volume seeks to address issues surrounding violence against women at all levels, from its root causes to the specific needs arising in victims of gendered abuse from a particular social or ethnic group. Drawing on the expertise of a range of 'front line' service providers and practitioners as well as academic researchers, it seeks to provide those working in social work and related professions with up-to-date coverage of the major issues pertaining to violence against women, and suggest ways to tackle the rise in violence against women by translating knowledge into effective training and practice.

This important book will be essential reading for practising social workers and allied professions, as well as academics and students.

About the Author(s)

Nancy Lombard is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. Her research interests are men's violence against women, particularly domestic abuse, children and young people and feminism. Her PhD investigated what young people aged eleven and twelve thought about men's violence against women. She has been a volunteer, researcher and activist within the violence against women movement for 15 years.

Lesley McMillan is a Reader in Sociology and Criminology at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. Her special interests are gendered and sexual violence and gender and the criminal justice process. Findings from her comparative study of feminist services for survivors of gendered violence were published in Feminists Organising Against Gendered Violence (2007: Palgrave Macmillan).

Table of Contents


1. Coercive Control

2. The 'Three Planet Model': Towards an Understanding of Contradictions in Approaches to Women and Children's Safety in Contexts of Domestic Violence

3. Domestic Violence, Safety and Child Contact in England: Hiding Violent Men in the Shadows of Parenting

4. Sexual Victimisation: Disclosure, Responses and Impact

5. Violence Against Sex Workers in the UK

6. Love, Power and Control: Girls' Experiences of Relationship Exploitation and Violence

7. Older Women and Domestic Abuse: Where Sexism and Ageism Intersect

8. Intersecting Inequalities: Implications for Addressing Violence Against Black and Minority Ethnic Women in the United Kingdom

9. Domestic Abuse in the UK: Why We Need to Understand Perpetrators

10. What About the Men? Understanding Men's Experiences of Domestic Abuse within a Gender-Based Model of Violence

11. Effecting Operational Change through Training: Challenges and Approaches

12. Partnership Working and Tackling Violence against Women: Pitfalls and Possibilities

13. Taking Stock: Theory and Practice in Violence Against Women


"Books which seek to both understand and explain violence against women are often hard to find. This excellent collection of articles from leading figures in the fields of social work, sociology, criminology and social policy is a must read. Superbly argued, policy-relevant and thoughtfully engaged in data and theory, Nancy Lombard and Lesley McMillan's collection provides the most effective reorientation of this most important of agendas. This book should be compulsory reading for all those committed to tackling domestic abuse, sexual violence and the many gender-based forms of exploitation."
- Professor David Gadd, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manchester University School of Law, UK

"This timely collection revitalises knowledge and understanding of abuse and gender violence in personal life. Carefully chosen examples indicate possibilities of practical remedy. Essential reading for scholars, practitioners, policy makers and all who care."
- Professor Lynn Jamieson, University of Edinburgh and Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, UK

"Lombard and McMillan have compiled a collection of cutting-edge, translational works by leading researchers of violence against women. Together, they provide a comprehensive analysis of gender-based violence that moves us beyond statistics to real-world applications. Students, faculty, practitioners, and most importantly, survivors of violent victimization will find value in each of these chapters."
- Claire M. Renzetti, Ph.D., Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair, Center for Research on Violence Against Women, Professor of Sociology, University of Kentucky, USA

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Related Topics

Women's Studies
Social Work

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