Violence and Abuse in Society

Understanding a Global Crisis

by Angela Browne-Miller, PhD, DSW, MPH, Editor


There were 250 wars fought in the 20th century, and the incidence of war is rising. At the close of the 19th century, most casualties were among soldiers; today, 85 to 90 percent are among civilians. Beyond those who die as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from physical, sexual, reproductive, and mental health problems as a result.

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August 2012


Pages 1778
Volumes 4
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/Social

Suitable for professionals, students, and lay readers alike, this book provides an immensely informative, profoundly moving, and remarkably comprehensive look at the range and nature of violence and abuse by and of humans today.

Angela Browne-Miller, PhD, is editor of this comprehensive and unique set of four volumes containing over 110 chapters from over 130 international experts with backgrounds in behavioral science, social science, law, and medicine, as well as researchers, practitioners, and lay persons with varied specialties. These volumes cover the following areas reflected by their titles: Volume One: Fundamentals, Effects, and Extremes; Volume Two: Setting, Age, Gender, and Other Key Elements; Volume Three: Psychological, Ritual, Sexual, and Trafficking Issues; and Volume Four: Faces on Intimate Partner Violence.

This collection looks at the range of violence and abuse we see today, conducting a detailed examination against the backdrop of a history of violence and abuse around the globe. The works within focus for the most part on violence and abuse taking place outside of war contexts, discussing road rage, child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of women and girls, sex slavery, violent rituals including female genital cutting, abuse within cults, domestic violence, gun violence, and modern problems fueled by technology, including cyberbullying and cyberstalking.


  • Contributions from experts from more than 20 countries


  • Provides a remarkably versatile and highly relevant compendium of information on hundreds of forms of violence and abuse
  • Serves as an excellent teaching and training resource
  • Contains essential material for professionals and researchers in numerous fields, including social work, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, public health, health, public policy, law, law enforcement, education, research, international studies, and women's studies
Author Info

Angela Browne-Miller, PhD, is an international and leading expert on violence, abuse, addiction, and behavior change. She has authored more than 40 books, including To Have and To Hurt: Recognizing and Changing, or Escaping, Patterns of Abuse in Intimate Relationships and Rewiring Your Self to Break Addictions and Habits: Overcoming Problem Patterns. She earned two doctorates (social welfare and education) and two master's degrees (social welfare and public health) at the University of California, Berkeley, where she lectured in 3 departments for 14 years. Browne-Miller served as a National Institute of Mental Health Post Doctoral fellow and as project director on several cutting-edge statewide California Department of Health violence prevention projects.



"This is an important resource for professionals and researchers in fields including social work, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, law, education, and women's studies. A valuable teaching and training resource, this highly informative and at times moving work is also appropriate for students and general readers. Highly recommended."Choice

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