Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence


Stop intimate partner violence before it starts

Intimate partner violence touches everyone. With more than 1 million cases reported each year, this pervasive social problem has devastating effects on victims, families, and communities. Prevention of Intimate Partner Violencepresents a comprehensive overview of the wide range of efforts and approaches that have been successful in preventing physical, emotional, and verbal abuse.

A growing frustration with the limits of therapeutic intervention and with the costs imposed on society by intimate partner violence has created a need for greater emphasis on state-of-the-art prevention programs that really work. Prevention of Intimate Partner Violenceaddresses the challenges of conducting and evaluating such programs, gaps that exist in programming and research, and future trends in those areas. A panel of domestic violence experts, researchers, and healthcare professionals examines how to change the ways individuals and the current health care system think about, and respond to, intimate partner violence; how to change the ways young people deal with anger in intimate relationships; and the ways society can support families to reduce the occurrence of violence in intimate relationships.

Prevention of Intimate Partner Violenceexamines:
  • identifying risk factors
  • the cost-benefit of universal and targeted programs
  • the effectiveness of parenting, stress management, and substance abuse programs
  • community capacity theory
  • community development
  • social networks
  • media and public awareness campaigns
  • healthcare screening programs
  • and much more
Prevention of Intimate Partner Violencedocuments the effectiveness of prevention interventions, encouraging prevention specialists to use evidence-based interventions to enhance the effectiveness of their own work. This powerful book is an invaluable professional resource for social workers, family life educators, researchers, and practitioners.


The genesis for this volume is a 2002 Department of Defense (DoD) Symposium on Domestic Violence Prevention Research. Special thanks for this collection should therefore go to Sandra M. Stith, PhD, Program Director, Human Development Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and to Lt. Col. Dari Tritt, USAF, BSC, both of whom took the major role in planning the 2002 Symposium. The 2002 Symposium brought together more than 40 domestic violence experts, researchers, and health care professionals from the Armed Forces, academia, and civilian governmental and nonprofit agencies to ascertain the empirical basis for policy and program development in the prevention of domestic violence, and to develop a research agenda for determining what will work in preventing domestic violence in the military community. Caliber Associates, Inc., of Fairfax, Virginia helped organize the Symposium and produced its final report.

The Symposium was part of a larger continuing DoD process to improve its response to domestic violence. In 1996 and 1997, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel Support, Families, and Education (now the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (DUSD[MC&FP]) sponsored a forum and a policy conference to assess intervention in domestic violence occurring in the military community and make recommendations for improving DoD’s response. DoD has also benefited from the work of the Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence, which Congress authorized in 2000 and which concluded its work in 2003. Among the Task Force’s recommendations to improve the DoD response to domestic violence were one that made an evaluation of prevention efforts a research priority and another that set forth a conceptual model for prevention approaches. The

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Foreword.” Lloyd, David W. Co-published simultaneously in Jour
nal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma
(The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, an imprint of The
Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 13, No. 3/4, 2006, pp. xxix-xxxi; and: Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (ed:
Sandra M. Stith) The Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2006,
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