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Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships

Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships

Second Edition
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August 2020 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships describes the magnitude, risk factors, and consequences of intimate violence. The text offers a multidisciplinary focus that examines traditional areas of interpersonal violence as well as forms of intimate abuse outside the family. Addressing intimate relationship violence across the developmental lifespan, the Second Edition offers a mix of historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as personal stories and high-profile cases to provide readers with ample opportunity for application of the explanations, research, and data. The authors discuss the professional and social response to violence and maltreatment in intimate relationships (VMIR) to further the understanding of how to treat victims and how to prevent future intimate violence.


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Chapter 1 History and Definitions of Intimate Violence and Maltreatment
Chapter 2 Methods and Perspectives in VMIR
Chapter 3 Child Physical Abuse
Chapter 4 Child Sexual Abuse
Chapter 5 Child Neglect
Chapter 6 Child Psychological Maltreatment
Chapter 7 Abuse in Adolescent and Emerging Adult Relationships: Peer Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking
Chapter 8 Intimate Partner Abuse in Adult Relationships: Focusing on Victims
Chapter 9 Intimate Partner Abuse in Adult Relationships: Focusing on Perpetrators
Chapter 10 Intimate Abuse of People With Disabilities and the Elderly
Chapter 11 Societal Responses to VMIR: Some Concluding Thoughts


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  • all tables and figures from the textbook provided in one place

This textbook takes an ecological view of family violence, and the cultural, structural, micro-level, and other macro-level phenomena related to intimate partner violence are discussed in depth. A real strength of this book is that it begins with history, moves into theory and research, and then discusses family violence developmentally. The last chapter focuses on summing up the content and looking ahead, which is perfect."

Sherria Taylor
San Francisco State University

Organized, insightful, and broad in coverage, this is outstanding beyond other available readers. Student reader-friendly: concise, descriptive, and diversely sensitive.

Dr. Alexandrea Park
California State University, Los Angeles

Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships uses recent statistics, refers to and analyzes real-life violent stories such as the NFL players.

Dr. Maissa Khatib
Key features
  • Up-to-date information on the contemporary societal reactions to violence and maltreatment in intimate relationships (VMIR) is added, including the MeToo movement.
  • Up-to-date information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is added.
  • New and timely media examples of child and partner abuse help students to unite their knowledge of such examples with research evidence and understanding.
  • New areas of research and scholarship in the field are added, including neurobiological outcomes, treatment for complex trauma, relationship to LGBTQ status, and new policy initiatives.


  • A thorough literature review of each topic includes the most current information and research findings available.
  • A discussion of the professional and social response to violence and maltreatment in intimate relationships helps readers understand how to treat victims and how to prevent future intimate violence.
  • Boxed discussions on hot topics introduce students to cutting-edge concepts from a critical perspective.
  • Chapter summaries and recommended resources help students master content and allow them to explore topics of interest.
  • Learning outcomes and objectives in every chapter help students stay focused on key concepts.

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ISBN: 9781544371085