It was not possible to compile a comprehensive handbook without a team of 27 brilliant chapter authors. First and foremost, I am grateful to each chapter author for writing original, up-to-date, practical, and empirically based chapters. Without their significant contributions, this handbook would not have been possible. In terms of my own research projects, which constitute chapters 3, 4, and 5, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Patricia Brownell, and Pamela Valentine eachprovided valuable technical and editorial assistance that strengthened the research. In addition, Karel Kurst-Swanger deserves major credit for her collaboration with me on chapters 6 and 7. I am thankful to Elaine P. Congress, Beverly Schenkman Roberts, Michael J. Smith, Pamela Valentine (particularly for chapter 4), and Joan Zorza. This group of reviewers labored diligently withpainstaking care for detail and made very helpful editorial suggestions.
Special gratitude is extended to my former researchassistants/interviewers who contributed to the research project on the duration and severity of intimate partner violence in which I was principal investigator: Roger Borichewski, Shari Botwin, Sonia Bouradimos, Sgt. Mark Boyer, Lt. James Brady, Kathleen Burkhard, Glenna Campbell, Lisa Cassa, Sgt. Patricia Cassidy, Melanie Cobb, Patricia Dahl, Beth Feder, Wanda Garcia, Donna Gilchrist, Karen Larsen, Yun Lee, Tamara Maher, Megan McChesney, Heidi V. O'Donnell, Patrice Paldino, Joann Paone, Gina Pisano Robertiello, Joann Gonsalez, Jeannine Reiss, Dawn Renn, Dante Sanchez, Jeannine Saracino,