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The historical context of family violence is explored, as well as the various forms of violence, their prevalence in specific stages of life, and responses to it made by the criminal justice system and other agencies. The linkage among child abuse, partner violence and elder abuse is scrutinized, and the usefulness of the life-course approach is couched in terms of its potential effect on policy implications; research methods that recognize the importance of life stages, trajectories, and transitions; and crime causation theories that can be enhanced by it.
1. Family Violence and the Life-Course Perspective 2. Research Methodology and the Study of Family Violence and the Life Course 3. Explaining Family Violence 4. Violence at the Beginning of the Life Course: Child Abuse and Neglect 5. Violence in Early Adulthood and Beyond: Violence Between Intimate Partners 6. Violence at the End of the Life Course: Elder Abuse and Neglect 7. The Police and Social Service Response to Family Violence 8. The Courts and Family Violence: Issues and Innovations 9. Corrections and Family Violence: Treatment and Punishment Issues 10. Family Violence over the Life Course and the Collaborative Response 11. Family Violence: A Look Back, Recommendations, and a Look to the Future