Violence Against Women in the 21st Century: Challenges and Future Directions

Marika Guggisberg, Ph.D.
Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU, Perth, Western Australia

Jessamy Henricksen
Angelhands Organisation, Perth, Western Australia

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Bullying and Victimization
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This book examines issues around violence against women in relation to contemporary experiences, theories and interventions. It provides insight from research and expertise of international scholars, which invites readers to critically reflect on the nature, impacts and complex responses to women’s experiences of interpersonal violence, inequality and racism. The book raises awareness of different forms of violence, which include emerging types such as image-based abuse, sextortion and online stalking.

The book is aimed at scholars, students, practitioners, policy makers and interested community members. A primary emphasis is on resituating major issues in the context of contemporary challenges and current research. Violence against women is an ongoing phenomenon that continues to confront and impact individuals, sub-populations and whole societies. Major misconceptions in the context of family and intimate relationships are highlighted along with prejudicial attitudes of those responding to the violence. Furthermore, cultural expectations and media representations are implicated and reasons for ongoing and new digital technology facilitated abuse are discussed.

This book makes it abundantly clear that awareness needs to be raised continuously, along with discussions in relation to effective intervention and prevention. While progress has been made in recent years and decades, contemporary concerns need to be raised, challenges need to be considered to press forward, tolerance towards violence against women needs to be reduced and ultimately prevented altogether.

Editors’ Introduction

Foreword

About the Editors

Contributors

Part I: Interpersonal Aspects of Violence Against Women

Chapter 1. The Impact of Violence against Women and Girls: A Life Span Analysis
(Marika Guggisberg, PhD, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU, Perth, Western Australia)

Chapter 2. Conceptualising Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: Danger and Harm to Victim-Survivors and the Role of Persistent Myths
(Marika Guggisberg, PhD, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU, Perth, Western Australia)

Chapter 3. South Asian Domestic Violence and Karma
(Shreya Bhandari, PhD, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio)

Part II: Contemporary Forms of Violence Against Women

Chapter 4. Representations of Violence against Women in the Mass Media
(Jessamy Henricksen, Angelhands Organisation, Perth, Western Australia)

Chapter 5. Sexually Explicit Images: Examining the Lawful and Unlawful New Forms of Sexual Engagement
(Madalena Grobbelaar, DPsych, and Marika Guggisberg, PhD, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, and others)

Chapter 6. Stalking: An Age Old Problem with New Expressions in the Digital Age
(Nicola Cheyne, PhD and Marika Guggisberg, PhD, Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQU, Brisbane, Queensland, and others)

Part III: Societal Attitudes about Violence Against Women

Chapter 7. White Women’s Responses to Latina versus White Victims of Rape Leading to Pregnancy
(Caroline O’Brien and Jennifer Katz, PhD, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, US)

Chapter 8. Police Intervention in Cases of Domestic Violence against Women and Their Exposed Children
(Ana Sani, PhD, and Ana Isabel Lopes, University Fernando Pessoa, Oporto, Portugal)

Chapter 9. Social Psychological Perspectives on Violence against Women
(Inmaculada Valor-Segura, PhD, Gemma Sáez, PhD, Celia Serrano-Montilla, Ana M. Beltrán-Morillas, Francisca Expósito, PhD and Ginés Navarro-Carrillo, Department of Social Psychology, Mind, Brain, and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), University of Granada, Granada, Spain)

Contributors List

About the Editors

Index

Keywords: Violence against women, girls, gender-based violence, sexual violence, intimate partner violence

Audience:
Educational institutions – Universities (faculties of social sciences, health, and law)
Specialist services – criminal justice and family law officials
Specialist support services – rape crisis centres, domestic and family violence support services
Community organisations – (in Australia: Relationships Australia, Mission Australia, White Ribbon Australia; Europe: European Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls; Women Against Violence Europe; International NGOs Working in the Field of Violence Against Women; FRA: European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – Say no to Violence Against Women) – World Health Organization, Geneva

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