Intimate Partner Violence: Assessment, Treatment and Prevention


Richard Evans (Editor)

Series: Domestic Violence and Abuse

BISAC: FAM001000

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious social problem affecting both men and women worldwide that can lead to a variety of negative mental and physical health effects. This book contains nine chapters that address the problem of IPV, exploring methods of preventing IPV as well as treatment for victims of IPV. Chapter One centers on the issue of blame, reviewing current research on the associations between self-blaming attributions and psychological outcomes among survivors of IPV. Chapter Two proposes a theoretical reflection on the phenomenon of domestic violence based on its understanding as a problem sustained by cultural beliefs and discourses and which can be tackled through education and the promotion of public debate, by means of institutional advertisements. Chapter Three highlights the importance of capacity building Brazilian police forces to tackle cases of IPV as well as to protect and enable victims to fully exercise their rights. Chapter Four argues that the Domestic Violence Risk instrument used by Portuguese police to assess IPV cases should be reworked, as it tends to assign a medium level of risk in cases that the scientific community would likely associate with high risk. Chapter Five discusses the relationship between IPV and academic stress. Chapter Six reviews research on factors affecting women’s treatment engagement in the aftermath of IPV, including characteristics of the violence/violent relationship, types of mental health problems following IPV, and individual differences in personality and demographics. Chapter Seven deals with the coping mechanisms available to women living with HIV/AIDS in Tanzania who experience IPV. Chapter Eight details the relevance of methodological and ethical aspects of studies on violence involving children and how these requirements may affect research validity in this domain. Finally, Chapter Nine presents a study of violence against women media campaigns that use graphic imagery and how they impact fears of behaving assertively and of victimization, safety self-efficacy, and collective female self-esteem.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Internal and External Perceptions of Blame in Intimate Partner Violence
(Melody Robinson and Christina M. Hassija – Department of Psychology, California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California)

Chapter 2. Fighting Domestic Violence as a Cultural Problem by Means of Institutional Advertising Campaigns
(Elayne Esmeraldo Nogueira, Elsa Simões and Ana Sani – University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 3. Domestic and Family Violence against Women: Protection of Human Rights and Public Policies in Brazil
(Alessandra Azalim and Ana Sani – University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 4. Risk Assessment by Portuguese Police in Cases of Domestic Violence
(Cátia Rodrigues, Ana Sani and Paulo Vieira Pinto – University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 5. Dating and Intimate Partner Violence as an Outcome of Academic Strain
(Martha Smithey and Ignacio Luis Ramirez – Texas Tech University, TX, US)

Chapter 6. Treatment Engagement in the Aftermath of Intimate Partner Violence
(Jessica T. Sklar, Malia L. Moreland and Matthew M. Yalch – Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA, US)

Chapter 7. Coping Strategies Available for Women Living with HIV/AIDS Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in the Singida Region, Tanzania
(Agnes Kosia, Gasto Frumence, Tumaini Nyamhanga, Ave Maria Semakafu and Deodatus Kakoko – Department of Development Studies, School of Public Health and Social Sciences, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dares Salaam, Tanzania, et al.)

Chapter 8. Ethical and Methodological Issues in Research with Child Victims of Domestic Violence – Mapping the Field in Portugal
(Ana Isabel Sani and Paula Cristina Martins – University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal, et al.)

Chapter 9. How Do Partner Violence Prevention Campaigns Featuring Graphic Violence Affect Female Audiences?
(Jennifer Katz and Valerie Marchesi – Department of Psychology, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY)


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