New Book Presents Latest Research On Intimate Partner Violence
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
July 11, 2007
Recent news stories have reported the deadly consequences of intimate
partner violence. Now a new book presents the latest research about the
nature, causes and impact of intimate partner violence and how this new
information can be used to aid victims and families.
“Intimate Partner Violence” is edited by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett,
a health psychologist and researcher at the UNH Family Research Lab. The
book is co-edited by Sarah Giacomoni.
According to Kendall-Tackett, knowledge in the field of intimate partner
violence is increasing at a dramatic rate, creating tremendous opportunities
for repairing lives and families damaged by abuse.
“We felt it was important to bring together all the current research
in one place. The field is advancing at such a rapid rate that it can be
difficult for practitioners or policymakers to apply what researchers have
learned. We were fortunate to have many of the leaders in the field contribute
chapters to this book,” Kendall-Tackett said.
“High-profile domestic violence cases, such as the stories currently
in the news, bring attention to this important problem. We’d like
to make sure that our responses to cases like these are evidence-based
so that they will be the most effective,” she said.
The new book — a master reference — synthesizes current research
on intimate partner violence and provides specific, evidence-supported
ideas that can be put into active practice to protect those at risk. Specifically,
the book presents:
- Practice-proven approaches to risk assessment, risk management,
and safety planning.
- Specific steps primary care health professionals can take to
identify IPV — and to empower and protect survivors.
- The latest information on femicide and pregnancy-related violence.
- A spotlight on how the criminal justice system works to help
and support victims—and where it must do more.
- Innovative new approaches the military is taking to prevent IPV
in service families.
- Guidance on the ethnic/cultural issues that impact IPV, and how
they should shape our approaches to survivors from African-American, Hispanic,
and Asian communities.
- The responses of faith communities to partner violence.
- Field-tested prevention programs for high school and college-age
- Policies and practices child protection agencies can institute
when dealing with IPV in clients’ homes.
- The safest ways to help victims leave abusive relationships.