Violence Against Women

Written by expert clinical service and research specialists, Violence Against Women is a comprehensive guide for legal, medical, and social services professionals on the signs and effects of intimate partner violence. Though the title focuses on crimes against women, the scope of its information includes the effects of intimate partner violence on men, children, and adolescents as well.

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Violence Against Women
Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence

Written by professionals in the fields of clinical service and research, Violence Against Women provides a broad perspective into the current scientific understanding of how people from a variety of ages and backgrounds come to be harmed from intimate partner violence (IPV). Transcending national, cultural, and socioeconomic boundaries, this text explores the issues that underpin family violence, including the impact of IPV on children.

Violence Against Women also features chapters on subjects such as stalking, strangulation, and special considerations for IPV among certain populations. These include members of the LGBTQ community, the military, sex workers, and more. This educational resource offers a wealth of data that can benefit professionals worldwide.

Features & Benefits:

  • Examines a wide range of relationship dynamics
  • Includes information on safety planning and risk assessment
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 10×7 inches
628 pages, 34 color images, 51 contributors


Physicians, Prosecutors, Judges, Healthcare Workers, Victim Advocates, ER Personnel, Social Workers, Law Enforcement Professionals, Prosecutors, Judges Health Care Workers, and any other professionals who desire a well-rounded understanding of the implications and impact of intimate partner violence

Publication date:

January 2015


978-1-878060-95-2 (Print)
978-1-936590-35-3 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Risk and Protective Factors for Intimate Partner Violence
2. Assessing for Intimate Partner Violence
3. Risk Assessment in Intimate Partner Violence
4. General Indicators of Intimate Partner Violence in Women’s Health
5. Protective Orders and Economic Abuse in Domestic Violence: A Case Study
6. Investigating Intimate Partner Violence: The Legal Response
7. Intimate Partner Violence: Prosecution and Medical Issues
8. Winning in Court: Maximizing Protection through Prosecution
9. IPV and Child Protection: The Journey to Collaborative Intervention Approaches
10. Safety Planning
11. An Overview of Best Practices to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
12. The WHO, UN and Red Cross Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence
13. Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault: A Global Perspective
14. Strangulation in the Living IPV Patient
15. Stalking
16. Fatal Intimate Partner Violence
17. Sex-Related Homicide
18. Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health Outcomes
19. Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence
20. Intimate Partner Violence During Pregnancy
21. The Continuum of IPV and Child Maltreatment: Definitions, Epidemiology, and Health Consequences
22. Intergenerational Transmission of Intimate Partner Violence
23. Intimate Partner Violence and the Mother Who Kills
24. Feminist Perspective: IPV and the Intersection with Health Care
25. LGBTQI Culture Considerations
26. Intimate Partner Violence in the Military Community
27. Violence on the Streets: the Abuse, Assault and Murder of Sex Workers
28. The Co-occurrence of Intimate Partner Violence and HIV
29. Intimate Partner Violence in China and the Chinese American Community

Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, RN

Paul Clements is an Associate Clinical Professor. A psychiatric / forensic specialist, he is a Certified Gang Specialist and Certified in Danger Assessment. His clinical experience includes serving as Assistant Director/Bereavement Therapist at the Homicide Bereavement Center at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he was appointed as the Director of Operations for the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He is an experienced therapist, forensic consultant, and critical incident/trauma response specialist with over 20 years of experience in management/administration and crisis intervention. Dr. Clements was involved in the television and printed news media, as well as interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR), related to discussions regarding the offender, victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings. Dr. Clements has numerous publications and conference presentations regarding stress, trauma, violence and aggression, coping after violent death and exposure to interpersonal violence and crime. Dr. Clements is an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse (APRN, BC) with national board certification as a Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Nursing. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychiatric Forensic Nursing from The University of Pennsylvania.

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Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, RN, SANE-P, SANE-A

Jennifer Pierce-Weeks, manager of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Spring, Colorado, is a past-president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and has served on the IAFN Board since 2006. She previously served for 12 years as the director of the State of New Hampshire Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. She has 23 years nursing experience and is an educator and expert in the areas of child and adult sexual assault, as well as domestic violence.

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Karyn E. Holt, PhD, CNM

Karyn Holt is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A nurse educator for over 13 years, she is an experienced educator teaching both traditionally and online. She is a well-known distance education speaker tracing the development of education through the millennium transition and beyond. Dr. Holt is also a Certified Nurse Midwife and finds teaching both patients and students to be her passion in life. She has been a nurse midwife for 16 years. Dr. Holt holds a Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse Midwifery specialization and certification from Georgetown University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science from Touro University.

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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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Soraya Seedat, MBChB, FC Psych (SA), MMED (Psych), PhD

Soraya Seedat is the Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry (Faculty of Health Sciences) at Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, South Africa) and holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation. In addition, she co-directs the Medical Research Council Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders. She has extensive research experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, with a special interest in clinical and translational work in childhood and adult posttraumatic stress disorder. She has been the recipient of several awards including a World Federation of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Fellowship, a Lundbeck Institute Fellowship Award in Psychiatry, an MRC mid-career award, and an Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Award. She has co-authored more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a member of the editorial board of the journal AIDS Research and Treatment and the African Journal of Psychiatry.

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Catherine M. Mortiere, PhD

Catherine Mortiere is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist who works as an expert for the state of New York in the areas of dangerousness and risk analysis in forensic populations, as well as the treatment and evaluation of sexually violent predators. Forensics is second nature to Dr. Mortiere, having been a police officer and sergeant for the Detroit Police Force for 11 years. Her psychiatric experience has covered a broad scope of work; including individual, group and team-based treatment for mothers who killed their children, and persons with borderline and anti-social personality, psychopathy, trauma/disaster, and substance/chemical abuse. Dr. Mortiere works in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane, where the majority of her patients have been adjudicated as not guilty by reason of insanity. In addition, she has a successful clinical private practice in which she treats a variety of disorders including depression, anxiety, identity and other disorders, and specializes in treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients. Besides her work in forensics, Dr. Mortiere is an adjunct professor for the City University of New York.

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Violence Against Women: A Contemporary Examination of Intimate Partner Violence is a comprehensive overview of violence perpetrated against women. Experts share their knowledge, from understanding the scope of the problem, to assessment and treatment while including a review of multifaceted legal issues. Emphasized is the need for cross training and cooperation among professionals of different disciplines. The text discusses that the distinctly different intervention systems for child abuse and intimate partner violence can make it very difficult for victims to navigate. An integrated approach that may include co-located services to provide better support for victims of intimate partner violence and their children is suggested. Child abuse professionals will benefit by gaining a better understanding of intimate partner violence, the significant impact on children, and the need for professionals to employ a collaborative approach.

Dan Powers, ACSW, LCSW
Sr. Vice President, Clinical Services
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, Plano, TX

Intimate Partner Violence is on the rise in today’s society. This book, Violence Against Women, is a well-articulated and comprehensive view of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and provides a detailed roadmap of how Law Enforcement, Social Services, Health Care, and other advocates must rise up and attack this growing problem. Breaking the cycle of violence takes a team, and these professionals provide knowledge and experience that should be studied by those charged with assisting victims in these times of need. In cases of IPV, victims are not always obvious, children and relatives also suffer. This book, written by professionals in the field of IPV, not only covers many aspects of this violation, but also provides methods and ideology that will help to empower providers to help victims survive and escape this terror.

Jeff Rich, Detective
Sexual Assault/Family Violence Investigator
Family Violence Unit
Criminal Investigations Division
Plano Police Department
Plano, Texas

Violence Against Women is a critical and comprehensive tool for anyone in the field of social work or mental health. The text provides a clear understanding of the complex and often overlapping factors that contribute to both victimization and perpetration of violence. It is applicable for a broad audience and provides valuable tools for the multi-disciplinary team approach needed to address this issue. The text educates the reader on the lasting effects of violence against women from a global standpoint and also provides valuable insight into effective therapeutic responses across cultures and victim populations. Specific chapters which address child maltreatment and the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children offer new perspectives for systemic responses to both parents and children in the child protection system. While social workers and mental health professionals will utilize the theoretical and clinical approaches recommended within the text, law enforcement professionals will gain valuable investigation insights, medical professionals will benefit from assessment techniques and victim dynamics identified, and prosecutors will gain tools to successfully maneuver through the unique legal components of these types of crimes. This is truly a must read for anyone who advocates for the vulnerable in our society.

Sally Howard
Court Appointed Special Advocates Collin County, Texas
Child Welfare Specialist and Educator

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