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Family Violence and Abuse
An Encyclopedia of Trends, Issues, and Solutions
by Sonia Salari, Editor
November 2023, 836pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7140-5
$214, £165, 187€, A294
Available for purchase 30 days prior to publication.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7141-2
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According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been physically injured by a partner in an intimate relationship.

This authoritative resource surveys all aspects of violence and abuse in domestic/family environments, including specific types of abuse, laws and legal issues pertaining to different forms of abuse, and the impacts of such abuse on individuals, families, and wider society.

This authoritative reference work surveys family violence and abuse in America and the many forms that it can take. It provides extensive coverage of widely recognized forms of violence and abuse in family settings, including physical, verbal, and emotional abuse of spouses and intimate partners (both female and male) as well as children. In addition, the encyclopedia scrutinizes less recognized types of violence and abuse in households, such as abuse of siblings by other siblings and abuse of parents or grandparents by children and grandchildren (both minor and adult).

The encyclopedia will thus be a valuable resource for readers seeking to better understand the true scope of these various forms of violence and abuse, important factors that contribute to incidence of family violence and abuse, and the various elements of laws, programs, and therapy alternatives that have been created to help victims of abuse and rehabilitate offenders.


  • Nearly 300 scholarly encyclopedia entries cover different aspects of family violence and abuse
  • Covers all forms of family violence, including child abuse, sibling abuse, partner/spouse abuse, and elder abuse
  • Chronology tracks milestones in public policy and sociological research into family violence in its various forms
  • Appendix of important local, state, and national organizations/programs devoted to helping victims of violence and abuse
Sonia Salari is Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah and Fellow at the Gerontological Society of America. Her focus is on interpersonal relationships and abuse across the life course, formal service use, and public policy. Known as an advocate for victims, she serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the statewide Utah Domestic Violence Coalition (UDVC) and is Co-PI of the Office of Violence against Women's Campus Grant on domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Her research focuses on family violence, elder abuse, and lethal interpersonal violence. She is the author of Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, Policy, and Prevention, Second Edition (2021).
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