October is domestic violence awareness month. Violence between partners and in families occurs nationwide, with far-reaching consequences. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey,
every year, millions of women, men, and children in the United States are victimized by sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. These forms of violence are serious public health problems that can be harmful to one’s health, both physically and psychologically. Furthermore, evidence indicates that violence experienced early in life can put one at increased risk for subsequent victimization as an adult. (p. 9)
The survey indicates that intimate partner sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking has been experienced by 37.3% of women and 30.9% of men in the United States during their lifetimes (p. 2).
APA authors and editors have addressed the scope of this problem, underlying issues, interventions, and prevention in multiple books.
- Trauma-Informed Treatment and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
By Casey T. Taft, PhD, Christopher M. Murphy, PhD, and Suzannah K. Creech, PhD. This book provides mental health professionals the knowledge and skills they need to deliver effective treatment to individuals who engage in intimate partner violence.
- Couples Therapy for Domestic Violence: Finding Safe Solutions
By Sandra M. Stith, PhD, Eric E. McCollum, PhD, and Karen H. Rosen, EdD. This book presents a safety-focused approach to assessment and treatment of couples who choose to remain together after one or both partners have been violent.
- How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Children: Developmental Research, Case Studies, and Evidence-Based Intervention
Edited by Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, PhD, and Alytia A. Levendosky, PhD. Using a developmental framework, this book presents the most up-to-date research on how exposure to intimate partner violence affects children and how clinicians can treat these children.
- Violence Against Women and Children, Volume 1: Mapping the Terrain
Edited by Jacquelyn W. White, PhD, Mary P. Koss, PhD, and Alan E. Kazdin, PhD. In this volume, experts from diverse disciplines describe prevalence rates among various populations, risk factors for perpetration, vulnerability and protective factors for potential victims, and the impact of violence on the victims.
- Violence Against Women and Children, Volume 2: Navigating Solutions
Edited by Mary P. Koss, PhD, Jacquelyn W. White, PhD, and Alan E. Kazdin, PhD. In this volume, eminent scholars use a public health model to examine current societal responses to interpersonal violence.
- Risk Assessment for Domestically Violent Men: Tools for Criminal Justice, Offender Intervention, and Victim Service
By N. Zoe Hilton, PhD, Grant T. Harris, PhD, and Marnie E. Rice, PhD. This book makes a powerful case for using actuarial risk assessments to predict recidivism in male domestic violence offenders, and includes case examples, FAQs, scoring tools and forms, and sample assessment reports.
- Psychological and Physical Aggression in Couples: Causes and Interventions
Edited by K. Daniel O’Leary, PhD, and Erica M. Woodin. This book investigates the interplay of psychological and physical aggression between partners, examines the history of research in this area, discusses new studies, and suggests promising applications in clinical settings.
- Preventing Partner Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies
Edited by Daniel J. Whitaker, PhD, and John R. Lutzker, PhD. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date research on intimate partner violence, covering a large range of topics including theory, risk factors, health effects, surveillance, prevention, and intervention.
- Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice
By Lisa A. Goodman, PhD, and Deborah Epstein, JD. Using a feminist perspective, the authors explore and critique the current available services in three different arenas: the domestic violence advocacy community, the mental health profession, and the justice system.
As the editors of Violence Against Women and Children note, “awareness of the problem is the first step toward prevention. People cannot stop something they cannot see or name” (Volume 2, p. 3). We hope these resources can be helpful to individuals or clinicians who might need them.
Smith, S. G., Chen, J., Basile, K. C., Gilbert, L. K., Merrick, M. T., Patel, N., Walling, M., & Jain, A. (2017). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.