Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence and Abuse

by Laura L. Finley, Editor


Domestic violence impacts approximately one-third of the world's women.

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July 2013


Pages 885
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Crime/General
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This comprehensive, two-volume work examines domestic abuse in the United States and worldwide, providing research, personal stories, and primary documents that reveal the extent of the problem.

An estimated 1,300 to 1,800 Americans are murdered by intimate partners each year. Far from being a problem that only impacts women, domestic violence hurts society as a whole both socially as well as financially, with an estimated direct and indirect cost of nearly $6 billion annually in the United States. This book provides a timely and thorough reference for educators, students, scholars and activists seeking to better understand the global issue of domestic abuse. The entries document the history of the domestic violence prevention movement, provide explanations for abuse, identify warning signs of hidden abuse, describe types of victims and offenders, and supply information on interventions and prevention programs. Written by an array of experts in the field, the book also integrates the personal stories of survivors and addresses abuse as a global issue by covering topics such as acid attacks and female genital mutilation.


  • Presents personal narratives that highlight the importance of each survivor's unique experience with abuse
  • Includes primary source documents that address key legislation and court cases
  • Provides a wide range of resources for researchers, such as recommended reading and film lists as well as state, national, and international organizations related to domestic abuse
Author Info

Laura L. Finley, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. Finley is the author or coauthor of eleven books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent publications are ABC-CLIO's Grading the 44th President: A Report Card on Barack Obama's First Term as a Progressive Leader, coedited with Luigi Esposito; and Building a Peaceful Society: Creative Integration of Peace Education.



"This extensive, timely, and highly informative publication will be a great reference for professionals, researchers, and students concentrating on the study of domestic violence and abuse, as well as broader human rights issues. It should also inspire action to end many forms of abuse. Summing Up: Highly recommended."Choice

"This two-volume set provides a concise, accessible, and well-documented snapshot of the incidence, dynamics, and effects of domestic violence and abuse."Booklist

"An excellent collection of entries on the major topics related to domestic violence and abuse. . . . A researcher needing information on domestic violence and abuse will find this encyclopedia to be an extremely valuable resource."Library Journal

"This will be a useful place to start discussing domestic violence."ARBA


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