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Handbook on Sexual Violence

Edited by: Jennifer M. Brown , Sandra L. Walklate

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415670715
eBook ISBN: 9780203802434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136626753

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This book contextualizes the complexity of sexual violence within its broader context – from war to the resolution of interpersonal disputes – and covers a wide span including sexual harassment, bullying, rape and murder as well as domestic violence. Written by leading academics from a variety of disciplines, contributions also include commentaries that relate the research to the work of practitioners.

Despite advances made in the investigation of sexual offences, evidence still points to a continued belief in the culpability of victims in their own victimization and a gap between the estimated incidence of sexual violence and the conviction of perpetrators. Adopting an implicitly and explicitly critical stance to contemporary policy responses that continue to fail in addressing this problem, this book focuses on attitudes and behaviour towards sexual violence from the point of view of the individual experiencing the violence – perpetrator and victim – and situates them within a broader societal frame. It is through an understanding of social processes and psychological mechanisms that underpin sexual violence that violence can be combated and harm reduced, and at this individual level that evidence-based interventions can be designed to change policy and practice.

The Handbook is split into four sections:


  • 'Legacies: Setting the Scene' offers a critical overview of historical, legal and cultural processes which help to explain the origins of current thinking and offer steers for future developments
  • 'Theories and Concepts' examines contemporary thinking on sexual violence and reviews explanatory frameworks from a number of perspectives
  • 'Acts of Sexual Violence' reviews a number of specific types of sexual violence, elaborating the range of circumstances, victims and perpetrators with a view to addressing the general and pervasive nature of such violence thus contradicting narrow cultural stereotyping
  • 'Responding to Sexual Violence' overviews and evaluates current policies and practices and offers new ideas to develop different types of interventions.

The editors’ conclusion not only draws out the key themes and ideas from contributions to the Handbook, but also considers the nature of and the extent to which any progress has been made in understanding and responding to sexual violence.

This will be a key text for students and academics studying sexual violence and an essential reference tool for professionals working in the field including police officers, probation staff, lawyers and judges.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Sexual violence in history: a contemporary heritage? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Sexual violence in literature: a cultural heritage? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The legal heritage of the crime of rape Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Developing measures of multiple forms of sexual violence and their contested treatment in the criminal justice system Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Developments in investigative approaches to rape: the investigative heritage  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Practitioner commentary: a police perspective  Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Psychological perspectives on sexual violence: generating a general theory Download PDF
Chapter  8:  On sociological perspectives Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Family violence and family safety: working therapeutically with victims, perpetrators, survivors and their families Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Violence and prostitution: beyond the notion of a ‘continuum of sexual violence’ Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Practitioner commentary: treating the perpetrators of sexual violence – an applied response Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Silencing rape, silencing women Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Co-ordinating responses to domestic violence Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Destroying women: sexual murder and feminism Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Violence, sex and the child Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Under their parents' noses – the online sexual solicitation of young people Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Practitioner commentary: working with sexual violence Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Bullying, harassment and sexual orientation in the workplace Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Public sector and voluntary sector responses: supporting survivors Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Public sector and voluntary sector responses: dealing with sex offenders Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Changing the community response to rape: the promise of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programmes Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Practitioner commentary: response from South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centres (SERICC) Home Office Women's Focus Group Download PDF
Glossary_of_terms Download PDF
Conclusion_taking_stock Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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