Domestic Violence and Abuse

A Reference Handbook

by Laura L. Finley


A shocking 72 percent of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner, and 94 percent of the victims are female.

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January 2020


Pages 347
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Current Events and Issues/Law and Crime

A comprehensive and timely resource for students, activists, educators, and advocates, Domestic Violence and Abuse: A Reference Handbook provides a rich and scholarly assessment of this important social issue while also including stories and profiles for a more personal understanding.

Domestic Violence and Abuse: A Reference Handbook provides a thorough review of the most recent research about intimate partner violence. Additionally, a historical review provides readers with a sense of how views on domestic violence have changed over time and how different policies and practices have and have not been successful.

Appropriate for readers at the high school level and above, the volume focuses on the scope, extent, and characteristics of domestic violence and offers several unique elements, including profiles of significant individuals, personal stories from advocates, activists and survivors, and a review of controversial issues. The volume also includes a chronology of key events, relevant data and documents, primary source data, and recommended resources.


  • Compiles the most recent data about victims and offenders, thereby correcting many misconceptions about domestic violence
  • Offers a timeline of critical events for readers to understand the history of the movement
  • Includes primary source documents and personal stories, which help make the book beneficial to all readers
  • Addresses the most common controversies in the field, allowing readers to support more informed positions
Series Description

Contemporary World Issues

This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.

24-hour cable news. Millions of Internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?

A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.


  • Subject coverage spans six main categories:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Politics, Law, and Government
  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Society
  • Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
  • A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
  • A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
  • A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
  • Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that supports statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
  • A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
  • Annotated lists of print, Web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
  • Profiles of key players and organizations
  • A glossary of key terms
Author Info

Laura L. Finley earned her PhD in sociology from Western Michigan University in 2002. She is associate professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Finley is author, coauthor, or editor of 26 books as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. In addition, Dr. Finley has worked for more than 12 years as a domestic violence educator and activist. She serves on several boards of directors, including No More Tears, a South Florida non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

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