Rethinking Domestic Violence reviews research in the area of intimate partner violence. The research crosses disciplinary lines, including social and clinical psychology, sociology, psychiatry, criminology, and criminal justice research. Since the area of intimate partner violence is so heavily politicized, Don Dutton tries to steer through conflicting claims by assessing the best research methodology. As a result, he comes to some very new conclusions about intimate partner violence.After twenty years of viewing intimate partner violence as generated by gender and focusing on a punitive "law and order" approach, Dutton now argues that this approach must be more varied and flexible. Treatment providers, criminal justice system personnel, lawyers, and researchers have indicated the need for a new view of the problem - one less invested in gender politics and more open to collaborative views and interdisciplinary insights. Rethinking Domestic Violence will be of interest to psychologists, policymakers, and those dealing with the sociology of social science, the relationship of psychology to law, and explanations of adverse behaviour.
Donald G. Dutton teaches in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has written extensively on the subject of domestic violence.
Preface Acknowledgments 1 The History of Spouse Assault 2 Nested Ecological Theory 3 Measurement and Incidence of Abuse 4 Theories of Wife Assault: Psychiatric Contributions 5 Feminist and Sociobiological Explanations for Intimate-Partner Violence 6 The Gender Debate and the Feminist Paradigm 7 The Domestic Assault on Men 8 Victims, Causes, and Effects 9 The Social Psychology of the Perpetrator 10 Subtypes of Perpetrators 11 The Cycle of Violence and the Abusive Personality 12 Relationship/Interactionist Explanations 13 The Failure of Criminal Justice Intervention Policy 14 Risk Assessment 15 Treatment Policy Issues 16 Treatment: The Next Step 17 Rethinking the Response to Domestic Violence Notes Index