Editorial

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With the publication of the summer issue, I will be ending my tenure as Editorin- Chief of Violence and Victims. The Editorial Board and I began Journal operations in January of 1985 with a three-tiered goal: (a) We wanted to provide a structured forum for the dissemination of research findings on both violence-related victimization and the perpetration of aggression, since the two are so intimately tied together; (b) we wanted journal articles to span topics of stranger and acquaintance violence as well as family violence, areas too often divided by specialty; and (c) we hoped to draw articles from a variety of disciplinary and professional perspectives, in order to encourage a more integrated approach to research on and responses to victimization and assault.

As we reach this fourteenth issue, many of these goals have been met. Articles in Violence and Victims have focused on such diverse topics as the contributions of family violence research to criminal justice policy; stakes and risks in the prediction of violent behavior; the relationship between family and stranger violence; child maltreatment over two decades; subjective distress and violence during rape; the role of child sexual and physical abuse in the development of alcoholism in women; resistance and nonfatal outcomes in stranger-to-stranger crime; wife assault and the perceptions of sanctions; behavioral typologies of men who assault female partners; consensus and differences among hospital professionals in evaluating child maltreatment; therapists' duty to warn and protect; gender, life-styles, and victimization; crime victimization and attitudes toward death penalty defendants; and the role of pornography in the verbal and physical assault of women. Contributors have come from the fields of psychology, sociology, criminology, medicine, political science, nursing, social work, education, and psychiatry; they have included practitioners, researchers, educators, and policy makers.

The Journal has focused primarily on the reporting of original research and has established a reputation for scientific rigor as well as for an emphasis on the social and therapeutic implications of the findings reported. I think we have been weak on our coverage of practice issues; future plans involve a strengthening of this area.

New commitments in my life led to the decision to make a change in my role with the Journal. In the fall of 1988, I accepted a faculty position with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in a research and training capacity. The publication of When Battered Women Kill, followed by the last 2 years of travel and dissemination, marked the culmination of an 8-year research effort into patterns of assault between adult partners and the relationship between violence in partner relationships and homicide. I am now at the point of conceptualizing the next "8 years," and?as part of a return to a more intensive research focus?I have decided it is time to pass the editorship of Violence and Victims onto another. As announced in Volume 4, Number 1, Springer Publishing Company has selected Associate Editor Roland Maiuro as the next Editor-in-Chief.

Roland Maiuro joined the board in 1987 as Associate Editor with the primary responsibility for guiding the Journal's emphasis on clinical and practice issues. Dr. Maiuro is director of the Outpatient Psychotherapy and Anger Management programs at Harborview Mental Health Center in Seattle and is an associate professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Given his expertise in the areas of aggression, family violence, and sexual assault, and his commitment to community based practice as well as to scientific excellence, I feel confident that the journal will continue to advance under his leadership. I will remain involved with Violence and Victims as Founding Editor and Editorial Consultant, and I look forward to the Journal's growth as Roland guides this next stage of the Journal's development. …