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Violence Against Women

Walter S. DeKeseredy

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online May 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396607-0012
Violence Against Women

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Violence against women takes many shapes and forms, such as physical assaults on marital/cohabiting partners, separation/divorce sexual assault, stalking, date/acquaintance rape, and coercive control. These and other highly injurious behaviors that many women from diverse backgrounds experience behind closed doors and elsewhere constitute a worldwide public health problem. Hence, it is not surprising that there is a very large literature on this topic. That the field’s leading periodical, Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal, is able to publish monthly is an important statement on the amount of time and effort that an interdisciplinary group of researchers is devoting to enhance a social scientific understanding of the myriad of ways in which women are hurt by intimate partners, acquaintances, and strangers in private and public places. Still, the literature is characterized by much intellectual and political diversity, and there is no agreed-upon unequivocal definition of violence against women. Moreover, there are heated debates about how to prevent and control violence against women. For example, many feminists call for broader political, economic, and cultural changes, whereas others view violence against women as a trait of the individual and thus advocate for psychological treatment.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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