Sexual Violence and Abuse

An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery

by Judy L. Postmus, Editor


Half a century after sexual violence and abuse was recognized as a social problem in the 1960s, we are still battling the same problems: Perpetrators are still sexually abusing children, raping women, and assaulting men, while the victims continue to struggle with feelings of immense shame, grief, and guilt, and are unsure where to seek help. In order to advance human society, further research on the causes of sexual violence and abuse is necessary in order to identify the most effective intervention techniques for specific cultures.

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December 2012


Pages 841
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Crime/General

A comprehensive examination of the pervasive and persistent social problem of sexual violence and abuse that plagues millions of women, children, and men across the globe.

Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery coalesces the vast amount of information available on the subject, providing a convenient and comprehensive resource on sexual violence and abuse for students, practitioners, and general readers. It is the first of its kind to bring together a full range of topics on sexual violence and abuse across a human lifespan in a single work. The entries are written by a range of professionals who represent academics, researchers, and individuals working in the field of sexual violence and abuse.

The two-volume work contains 264 fully cross-referenced entries in alphabetical order, starting with abortion and ending with yoga therapy. The bibliography provides important books, articles, online resources, and videos on a wide range of topics. The encyclopedia also includes a list of key topics with corresponding entries to assist readers needing to examine a group of related entries.


  • 264 alphabetized entries written by nearly 200 contributors from diverse backgrounds
  • A bibliography of key printed resources, websites, and videos on a wide range of topics


  • Presents contributions from over 190 renowned academics, subject experts, and community leaders
  • Covers the breadth of sexual violence and abuse issues across a human lifespan
  • Provides a list of related entries as well as further reading and recommended websites with each entry
  • Includes information for those working with victims or perpetrators as well as for individuals in related professions, such as law enforcement, medicine, social work, psychology, and legal services
Author Info

Judy L. Postmus, PhD, is associate professor at Rutgers School of Social Work, New Brunswick, NJ. She is also director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children. Her published works include articles in numerous national and international journals, and she has presented her research on the impact of policies and interventions on survivors of violence at local, national, and international conferences. Postmus holds a doctorate from SUNY-Albany and a master's degree in social work from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL.



"This two-volume encyclopedia organizes a difficult subject in an easy-to-understand format. . . . This resource, which does a worthy job of bringing to light the multiple issues related to sexual violence, will be valuable to a wide range of readers, including counselors. Summing Up: Recommended."Choice

"This encyclopedia offers succinct information on a troubling area of personal and social dysfunction, and it is recommended for most academic and public libraries as well as the professional shelves of law enforcers and social workers."Booklist

"This two-volume set (also available as an e-book) will be useful to students, researchers, and academics interested in methods of effective prevention of sexual abuse as well as intervention techniques. The cross-cultural approach makes it especially useful for those studying or working with people from other cultures."ARBA

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