Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse
Tackling the Health and Mental Health Effects
Routledge – 2011 – 240 pages
Domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, and sexual exploitation through prostitution, pornography and trafficking can have many significant adverse impacts on a survivor’s health and wellbeing, in the short, medium and long-term.
Taking a life-course approach, the book explores what is known about appropriate treatment responses to those who have experienced, and those who perpetrate, domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The book also examines key factors that are important in understanding how and why different groups experience heightened risks of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, namely: gender and sexuality; race and culture; disability; and abuse by professionals.
Drawing together results from specially commissioned research, the views of experts by experience, experts by profession and the published research literature, the book argues that sufficient is already known to delineate an appropriate public health framework, encompassing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, to successfully tackle the important public health issue represented by domestic and sexual violence and abuse. Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse equips health and social care professionals and services to identify and respond to the needs of affected individuals with a view to the prevention and early intervention.
Selected contents: Part 1 Setting the scene Catherine Itzin, Ann Taket and Sarah Barter-Godfrey 1. Introduction - the Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme (VVAPP) and its work Part 2 Violence and abuse through the life-course, Ann Taket, Sarah Barter-Godfrey and Catherine Itzin 2. Across the life-course 3. The importance of childhood 4. Across the lifespan: youth, young people and adolescence 5. Violence and abuse across the lifespan: adults Part 3 Addressing Inequalities 6. Gender and sexuality, Marianne Hester 7. Race and Culture, Hannana Siddiqui, Meena Patel and Jalna Hanmer 8. Violence, Abuse and Disabled People, Richard Curen, Valerie Sinason, Jackie Barron, Nicola Harwin and Ruth Marchant 9. Abuse by professionals, Sarah Barter-Godfrey Part 4 Tackling Sexual and Domestic Violence and Abuse Ann Taket, Sarah Barter-Godfrey and Catherine Itzin 10. Conclusions and implications for research, policy and practice
Catherine Itzin was Emerita Professor in Mental Health Policy, University of Lincoln, UK until her death on 9 March 2010.
Ann Taket is Professor of Health and Social Exclusion in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia.
Sarah Barter-Godfrey is Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia.