Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
Release Date:01 Dec 2013

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) is the most common type of sexual violence and a common component of domestic violence, yet most cases go unreported and service responses are often inadequate. This book brings together advice for all those professionals working with individuals who have experienced IPSV and puts forward recommendations to tackle this prevalent form of sexual violence.

With contributions from leading experts on IPSV, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence is a comprehensive guide to the subject which bridges the gap between research and practice. Multidisciplinary and international in approach, the book covers key issues salient to all professionals - the impact of IPSV, reproductive coercion, the physical and psychological indicators, possible consequences of taking a case to court, and best practice service responses. One section also addresses the risks and needs of IPSV victims in different contexts, such as those in same-sex or teenage relationships, immigrant victims, and those living in rural areas or in prison.

This is an authoritative resource for all professionals who work with IPSV victims including counselors, social workers, refuge workers, victim advocates, mental health professionals, pastoral workers, lawyers, police, and health practitioners.

The rape victims who are suffering the greatest long-term psychological harm are those women who have been sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, yet this is the form of violence against women that we are talking about the least. This volume puts the issue of intimate partner sexual violence front and centre, where it belongs. Professionals, community members, and survivors themselves will find here the key insights and practice guidelines needed to support healing, promote safety, and hold offenders accountable. The authors have made a huge contribution to justice and recovery. – Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Written by a multi-disciplinary group of experts, and with the authority that comes from thorough research and many years of practice experience, this book confronts the neglected experience of sexual violence towards intimate partners. As well as providing empowering knowledge for victims/survivors of all ages, it is essential reading for people working in the criminal justice system, health care, mental health, social welfare and community organisations. – Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy & Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

This excellent volume provides important information about how women around the world experience IPSV and the horrific responses that they too frequently receive from service providers. [...] The chapters on service provision provide excellent insight on the best ways to assist women (and men) who have been victimized by their partners, validating their experiences and helping them down the path of healing. [...] This book also provides cutting-edge research on the risks, causes and --- far too often --- deadly consequences of IPSV. It is an important resource for anyone who works with survivors of IPSV or who has a family member, friend, or loved one who is a survivor.

The book that you are about to read is a critically important step in acknowledging the life-damaging impact of IPSV and helps to give voice to this group of survivors who have been too long silenced.

– from the foreword by Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Louise McOrmond-Plummer survived domestic violence which included repeated rape by a man who went on to commit murder. After gaining her freedom, she studied for an Associate Diploma in Welfare Studies (La Trobe University, Victoria) and has devoted 20 years to the study of intimate partner sexual violence, supporting survivors and making resources available for both survivors and professionals. She is co-author with Dr. Patricia Easteal of the book Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for women sexually assaulted by male partners, and runs the IPSV support and educational website Aphrodite Wounded (

Patricia Easteal, AM, PhD is a Law Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. She is an academic, author and advocate who was named the Australian Capital Territory Australian of the Year in 2010. She has published 14 books and well over 130 academic journal articles with a primary focus on access to justice for women. She is currently completing a book with a colleague in the UK looking at violence against women, society and the law.

Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist working for a statewide sexual assault coalition in Washington, USA, providing training and developing resources on Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV). She has worked with trauma survivors and in program development for the past 30 years, including co-founding a domestic violence program. She is the author of an IPSV support group manual and a book, Healing The Harm Done: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child Overcome the Effects of Sexual Abuse. She provides training for national audiences on IPSV and related topics.

Acknowledgements. Foreword. Raquel Kennedy Bergen, St. Joseph's University, Pennsylvania, USA. Part 1: Introduction and Overview. 1. Introduction: The Necessity of Appropriate Service-Response to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Director, Pandora's Project (, New South Wales, Australia, Patricia Easteal, Professor of Law, University of Canberra, Australia, and Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, Program Management Specialist, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, USA. 2. Preventing Secondary Wounding By Misconception: What Professionals Really Need to Know About Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Louise McOrmond-Plummer. 3. Considering the Differences: Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Discourse. Louise McOrmond-Plummer. Part 2: How Serious is IPSV? 4. Fatality and Health Risks Associated with Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Jocelyn Anderson, Jessica Draughon and Jacquelyn Campbell, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Maryland, USA. 5. Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault. Walter S. DeKeseredy, Professor of Criminology, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. 6. Reproductive Coercion. Emma Williamson, Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol, UK. Part 3: IPSV and Best Practice Service Response. 7. Counseling and Advocacy Perspectives on Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Isabelle Kerr, Manager, Rape Crisis Centre, Glasgow, Scotland. 8. The Role of the Advocate in Addressing Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck. 9. Real Not Rare - Cross-Training for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Workers to Understand, Recognize, and Respond to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, Di Macleod, Director, Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence Inc., Brisbane Area, Australia. 10. Forming and Facilitating Support Groups for Survivors of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck. 11. "Invisible" Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Prevention and Intervention Challenges. Debra Parkinson and Susie Reid, Women's Health Goulburn North East, Australia. 12. Medical Indicators and Responses to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Charlotte Palmer, General Practitioner, Australian Central Territory and Vanita Parekh, Director, Clinical Forensic Medical Services, The Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Australian National University. 13. Counseling Specific to the Survivor of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Elizabeth Layton, Counselor and Tutor, Institute of Natural Healing, Dudley, UK. 14. Responding to Christian Survivors of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Barbara Roberts, Pastoral Care Ministry, Mount Vernon Baptist Church, USA. 15. Law Enforcement Response to Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Mike Davis, Sergeant, Vancouver Police Department, Washington, USA. 16. Forensic Medical Assessment in Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Vanita Parekh, Clinical Forensic Medical Services, The Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Australian National University and Angela Williams, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Victoria, Australia. 17. Advice for Criminal Justice Staff and/or Advocates to Aid Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survivors. Patricia Easteal, Professor of Law, University of Canberra, Australia. 18. Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and the Courts. Lynn Hecht Schafran, Director, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum, New York, USA. Part 4: Reaching and Assisting Different Populations. 19. Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Marianne Winters, Executive Director, Safe Passage, Massachusetts, USA and Isabel Morgan, Senior Community Advisor, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA. 20. Immigrant Women and Intimate Partner Sexual Violence. Bushra Sabri, Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA, Veronica Barcelona de Mendoza, Tulane University, Louisiana, USA and Jacqueline C. Campbell, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Maryland, USA. 21. Sexual Assault in Intimate Same-Sex Relationships. Janice Ristock, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Manitoba, Canada. 22. Issues Faced by Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survivors in Rural Areas. Debra Parkinson and Claire Zara, Women's Health Goulburn North East, Australia. 23. Addressing Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in Teenage Relationships. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck. 24. Effective Approaches to Helping Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Survivors in Prison. Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside, Queensland, Australia. Part 5: Conclusion. 25. Conclusion: Bringing It All Together. Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, Patricia Easteal, Louise McOrmond-Plummer. Index.
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