Domestic violence, research and social policy in Britain

Ellen Malos

in Comparing social policies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301967 | DOI:
Domestic violence, research and social policy in Britain

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Recent policy and legal developments in Britain, and the election of New Labour in 1997, has led to a more comprehensive policy approach and increased research, particularly on the evaluation of policy and services. In addition, there have been attempts to define and measure violence against women in general and domestic violence in particular. There is a general understanding that domestic violence is not a simple category in itself and that it involves intimate relationships other than marriage and cohabitation. It is not necessarily confined to heterosexual relationships and may include same-sex violence and violence of women towards men. Research shows a high prevalence and incidence of domestic violence, which is still significantly under-reported. Whether physical or sexual violence or serious coercion and psychological violence are considered, such violence and coercion is much more likely to be directed by men against women.

Keywords: feminist women; violence against women; domestic violence; same-sex violence; sexual violence

Chapter.  11135 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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