Violence against Girls and Women
International Perspectives [2 volumes]
by Janet A. Sigal and Florence L. Denmark, Editors
August 2013, 549pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0335-2
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Sex trafficking is one of the most lucrative criminal enterprises worldwide.

Sexual assault, sex trafficking, and child abuse affect millions of women and girls globally each year. This two-volume set covers a broad scope of topics, from violence against girls before birth, in childhood, and throughout women's adult lives.

Millions of women around the world—some data suggests as many as three in every four women—face violence against them throughout their lifetimes. The incidences range from the earliest stages of life with infanticide, to child trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence, to the end of life by elder abuse. This two-volume set provides a comprehensively broad treatment of the global problem of violence against women, addressing less commonly discussed subjects such as domestic violence in lesbian couples, abuse within the context of war crimes, and the incidence of violence and abuse against women internationally as compared to within the United States.


  • Presents valuable perspective from contributors who are members of NGOs working at the UN, providing an informed focus on international issues
  • Examines violence against girls and women comprehensively, from before birth to old age
  • Provides a wide breadth of coverage on international domestic violence issues in a single set
  • Offers recommendations for reducing or eliminating violence within each chapter
  • Appropriate for students of psychology or sociology of women, gender studies, and international studies
Janet A. Sigal, PhD, is professor emeritus of psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the American Psychological Association Main NGO Representative at the United Nations. She has contributed numerous chapters to books, including "Cross-Cultural Violence Against Women and Girls: From Dating to Intimate Partner Violence" in Praeger's Feminism and Women's Rights Worldwide: Volume 2: Mental and Physical Health; and "Violence Against Women: International Workplace Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence" in Praeger's Psychology of Women: A Handbook of Issues and Theories. Sigal holds a doctorate in social psychology from Northwestern University.

Florence L. Denmark, PhD, is the Robert Scott Pace Distinguished Research Professor at Pace University. Previously she was Thomas Hunter Professor at Hunter College and executive officer of the doctoral program at City University. She is the International Council of Psychologists Main NGO Representative at the United Nations. Denmark has authored or edited numerous books and publications, including Praeger's A Handbook for Women Mentors: Transcending Barriers of Stereotype, Race, and Ethnicity; Praeger's Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse: Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families; and Issues of Ageing and Disability: International Perspectives.


"The contributors encourage readers to reflect on the resilience and suffering of the survivor victims, and offer practical suggestions for changing policy and practices concerning violence against girls and women. . . . Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, May 1, 2014
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