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Palgrave Macmillan

Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender

Strategies for Policy and Practice

ISBN 9781137307422
Publication Date November 2014
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

A huge amount of energy and resources have been dedicated to domestic violence, yet the statistics on fatalities suggest that little has been achieved in terms of change. Based on research with frontline professionals and domestic abuse and homicide victims, this book seeks to tackle this problem head on, aligning the often opposing perspectives of victims and professionals.

The book argues that there are structural and societal reasons why she "doesn't just leave", or feels that "she loves him" which are rarely considered in the assessment of abused women. Professionals often cannot understand why victims don't leave their abusers or support prosecutions. Similarly, victims are frequently frustrated by professionals who they feel want them to compromise their safety. This disconnection is the cause of many problems for victims. Challenging dominant attitudes to domestic abuse, the authors arguethat victims are often skilled managers of dangerous individuals and have a strategy to stay safe which is not recognized by professionals.

Offering a re-conceptualisation of the female victim to enhance safety management and encourage a deeper understanding of the emotional dynamics and social structures which perpetuate the problems, this book offers practical solutions for the way forward in policy and practice, including a domestic abuse first responder toolkit. Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender will be a highly valuable resource for scholars of Victimology, Criminology and Gender Studies, as well as for any practitioner working with victims of abuse.

Jane Monckton-Smith is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire, UK and specialises in homicide and violence. She is a former police officer and advises police on domestic abuse on a local and national level.

Amanda Williams is a Senior Paramedic and Safeguarding Tutor for the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS trust, and Honorary Lecturer at Swansea University, UK.
Frank Mullane is the director of AAFDA (Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse), a charity specialising in helping families after domestic homicide. He is a member of the national panel that quality assures all Domestic Homicide Reviews, a Home Office accredited Independent Chair for these reviews and a visiting university lecturer and student assessor.

1. An Introduction
2. Status
3. Status: New Definition, New Thinking
4. The Problem of Domestic Homicide
5. Police and Paramedics: Policy and Practice
6. Interviews with Professionals
7. Interviews with Victims
8. Status: Families of Homicide Victims; Frank Mullane
9. Status and Strategy: Recommendations
Appendix One: Domestic Abuse First Responder Toolkit

Frank Mullane, Director of Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse, UK.


"Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender makes a powerful case that raising the profile of partner abuse by criminalizing coercive control is the single best way to prevent partner homicides and ameliorate the frustrations with the current approach shared byvictims and practitioners. In straightforward prose, Jane Monckton Smith, Amanda Williams and Frank Mullane combine a fearless argument for reform, with original research, a lucid summary and solid critique of current interventions, numerous case examples and an array of tools that justice, health and social work professionals can immediately apply to improve their practice. In a powerful chapter, Frank Mullane draws on his extensive experience with surviving families of partner homicide victims to outline lessons we cannot afford to ignore." - Evan Stark, Rutgers University, USA   "This is a powerful and sensitive account of the devastating impact of domestic abuse and homicide, written by leading experts in the field. The authors aim to align the victim's perspective with the professional perspective and suggest an alternative model for understanding victims and perpetrators based upon status and strategy. The book provides a rich picture of the experiences of victims, their families, and first responders, and dispels many of the myths and misunderstandings of domestic abuse. No-one who reads this book would ever ask 'why does she not leave?'. The authors develop a nuanced theoretical understanding of domestic abuse and extend their analysis to specific policy and practice recommendations. This book should be read by everyone with an interest in domestic abuse and will appeal widely to practitioners, policy-makers and academics alike." - Rachel Condry,  University of Oxford, UK  
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