Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate Partner Violence is an extended resource for medical, legal, and social services professionals that can also benefit families and any individual faced with the issue of domestic violence. Using mostly non-technical language, this guide can be read quickly and thoroughly by anyone to help identify and end intimate partner violence.

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Intimate Partner Violence:

A Resource for Professionals Working with Children and Families

Intimate Partner Violence: A Resource for Professionals Working with Children and Families is an accessible guide created for professionals from a variety of disciplines. Using non-technical and inclusive language, this book serves as a resource for anyone who works with children and families, from specialists in fields such as social services, counseling, education, and child advocacy to those in medicine, law enforcement, and mental health. Contents include contemporary concepts and research on the prevalence, nature, causes, and impact of IPV—a pervasive problem in our society that affects adults and children and crosses all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic boundaries. Intimate Partner Violence addresses not only the initial impact on the victims, but also the consequences IPV has in later life and in subsequent generations.

Written by a diverse group of professionals that spans the child protection spectrum, Intimate Partner Violence serves as an ideal introduction to the destructive, ubiquitous problem and also as a valuable reinforcement of knowledge for experts who treat and deal with the pernicious effects of IPV on a daily basis. This resource is the culmination of the foremost authorities on the subject of intimate partner violence. Including chapters with dedicated focuses on relevant topics such as screening and identifying IPV in health care settings, dating violence, children who witness violence, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner response, mental health aspects, and many others, this resource is an easily accessible, general guide that comprehensively covers the multiple aspects of intimate partner violence.

Product Details:

Perfect Bound 10 x 7 inches
400 pages, 93 images, 28 contributors


Law Enforcement, Physicians, Pediatricians, Nurses, Child Abuse Investigators, Schools, Social Service Personnel, Child Advocates, Child Abuse Prevention Professionals, Child Protective Services Members, Educators, Child Care Centers, Mental Health Professionals, Parents

Publication date:

January 2010


978-1-878060-77-8 (Print)
978-1-936590-05-6 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Overview of the Problem
2. Screening and Identification in Health Care Settings
3. Dating Violence Among High School and College Students
4. Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse
5. Intervention for Women: Answers to the Question “Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?”
6. The Abused Patient: A Clinical Response Using the Stages of Change Model
7. Children Who Witness Violence: The Specific Problem of Children Who Are Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
8. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Response to Non-Stranger Sexual Assault
9. Social Work Intervention in Intimate Partner Violence
10. Mental Health Aspects of Intimate Partner Violence: Survivors, Professionals, and Systems
11. Domestic Crimes Investigations and Law Enforcement
12. Role of the Intimate Partner Violence Professional in Criminal Prosecution
13. Intimate Partner Violence: Identification, Treatment, and Associations with Men’s Health
14. Fatherhood as a Gateway for Change: Insights from the Fathering After Violence Initiative
15. Looking Ahead: The Public Health Approach to Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD

Angelo Giardino is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and an attending physician for the Texas Children’s Hospital’s forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. Angelo Giardino completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Immediately after his fellowship training, Angelo Giardino became the assistant, and then the associate, medical director at Health Partners of Philadelphia, where he had primary responsibility for utilization management, intensive case management, and health care data analysis. He also shared responsibility for the plan’s quality improvement program. Additionally, he began the Child Abuse and Neglect Team for Children with Special Health Care Needs, which was funded by a three-year grant from a local philanthropy. In 1998, he was appointed associate chair of clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and in June of 1999 he was asked to chair the CHOP Quality Committee. These accomplishments are only a few of his career.

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Eileen R. Giardino, PhD, RN, CRNP

Eileen Giardino is a nurse practitioner and an associate professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is the track director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, teaches both graduate and undergraduate students at the university, and works as a nurse practitioner in Student Health. She has published in the area of child and adult sexual abuse and currently lectures on the evaluation of intimate partner violence and suspected child abuse to nursing and nurse practitioner students. Dr. Giardino received her BSN and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, her MSN at Widener University, and Nurse Practitioner Certification in Adult and Family at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she also received SANE training.

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This book distills a large body of knowledge into a readable, useful, rich resource. The book is a single source that can educate professionals, change attitudes, and save time by having all the necessary information readily available in a single resource. The book addresses another sensitive issue in the field of IPV: the unresolved tension between advocates for children and advocates for adult IPV victims. Should children be taken away from a battered woman who is unable to separate from the batterer? Is that considered blaming the victim or protecting the children who experience secondary trauma from witnessing abuse? The book’s title reflects the editors’ awareness of the need for the balance and consideration for parents as well as children.

Carole Jenny, MD, MBA
Professor of Pediatrics
Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Each chapter is written by scholars who have earned the respect of those of us working in the domestic violence community. Compiling the knowledge of these authors collectively serves novice and experts well and comprises a book that can be used in a variety of clinical and educational settings.

Annie Lewis-O'Connor NP-BC, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Child Protection Team- Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Written by a diverse group of health care professionals, the book includes social work and mental health professionals in its audience. It is comprehensive in scope, with a concise review of the literature on screening in health care settings, 2 chapters on working with male perpetrators, and a chapter on teen dating violence. The material includes research, epidemiological data, and concrete practice suggestions. This will be a useful and accessible resource for a range of professionals who work with families and it will help each of us to ensure that children and families remain safe.

Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW
Director, Child Witness to Violence Project
Boston Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

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