A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence / Edition 1

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In this path-breaking reassessment of thirty years of domestic violence research, sociologist Michael P. Johnson argues that domestic violence is not a unitary phenomenon. Instead, he delineates three major, dramatically different forms of domestic violence-intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence-and shows that the failure to distinguish among these types of partner violence has produced a research literature that is plagued by both overgeneralizations and ostensibly contradictory findings. By creating the theoretical framework to differentiate among types of partner violence, this volume represents the crucial first step to a better understanding of domestic violence among scholars, social scientists, policy makers, and service providers.

About the Author:
Michael P. Johnson is Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African-American Studies at Pennsylvania State University

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Editorial Reviews

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"This excellent book brings so much to the discourse on intimate partner violence and paves the way for more nuanced, theoretically-driven research, practice, and advocacy. The book is a must read for researchers in the field, and it also can serve as an essential guide for beginning scholars and graduate students on how to be critical consumers of domestic violence research. Overall, the book makes a significant contribution to the violence field." —Journal of Marriage and Family

“This book makes several valuable contributions to the literature on domestic violence. . . . Johnson’s book is well written and engaging. It is highly recommended reading for undergraduates, graduate students, academics, and policy makers interested in creating prevention and intervention services for domestic violence.”—Gender and Society

“Michael Johnson presents a thought-provoking argument for why existing research on intimate partner violence conflates several different phenomena, thus failing to adequately understand the issue. By separating types of intimate partner violence into the three categories, intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence, Johnson argues that existing tensions in the research can be reconciled.”—Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice

“Johnson’s compelling distinction between intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence has been the most influential of the typologies proposed in the past two decades. In this volume, Johnson lays the case for his thesis that the past forty years of domestic violence research have generated misleading and contradictory findings because researchers have failed to recognize distinctions between these types. The clarity and brevity of his argument and the liveliness of his style make this book an excellent choice for students and researchers who want to understand domestic violence typologies.”—Contemporary Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555536947
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Series: Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 331,372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL P. JOHNSON is Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and African and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Control and Violence in Intimate Relationships 5

Intimate Terrorism and Other Types of Partner Violence 7

Doing Research on Intimate Terrorism and Other Types of Partner Violence 12

Ch. 2 Intimate Terrorism: Controlling Your Partner 25

The Basic Characteristics of (Heterosexual Men's) Intimate Terrorism 26

Who Are the Intimate Terrorists? 30

The Effects of Intimate Terrorism 37

Incipient Intimate Terrorism/Nonviolent Coercive Control 46

Ch. 3 Fighting Back: Violent Resistance 48

Women Coping with Intimate Terrorism 48

Violent Resistance 51

Leaving 53

Desperate Acts 55

The Good News 59

Ch. 4 Conflicts That Turn Violent: Situational Couple Violence 60

Variability in the Violence Itself 61

The Causes of Chronic Situational Couple Violence 62

The Effects of Situational Couple Violence 69

The Essential Variability of Situational Couple Violence 70

Ch. 5 Implications for Intervention, Prevention, and Research 72

Implications for Intervention 72

Implications for Prevention 83

Implications for Research 84

App. A Identifying Intimate Terrorism and Other Types of Partner Violence 87

App. B Stalking and Separation-Precipitated Violence 102

App. C Gender and Intimate Partner Violence 105

Notes 111

References 141

Index 155

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