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Article 1: Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Summary: This report provides data on the prevalence of several domestic violence related offenses including sexual violence, stalking, and general violence by an intimate partner. The report also discusses the impact of intimate partner violence, physical and mental health outcomes, and implications for subsequent prevention. The scope of the problem is discussed using a public health perspective, in which prevention and treatment are suggested.

Questions to Consider:

1. As a public health problem, how can domestic violence be prevented?

2. In what way(s) should be perpetration and victimization be addressed similarly? Differently?

3. Why is it important to determine the extent and characteristics of intimate partner violence separately from the aggregate measures of crime?


Article 2: Breiding, M.J., Smith, S. G., Basile, K.C., Walters, M.L., Chen, J., & Merrick, M.T. (Sept. 2014). Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011. Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.

Summary: This report provides data on the prevalence and characteristics of several domestic violence related victimizations using a nationally representative sample in 2011.The results of the survey provide recent and updated data on these offense types that had gone relatively unmeasured since the National Violence Against Women Survey was completed in 1996. Suggestions for primary prevention at a young age are suggestion, along with continued surveillance of these offenses.

Questions to Consider:

1. How can prevention efforts address the fact that the majority of female and many of the male victimizations involve a male perpetrator?

2. How can racial minority groups be addressed in response to their disproportionately high rates of victimization?

3. In what way(s) could prevention be implemented for individuals at a young age?


Article 3: Belknap, J., Larson, D., Abrams, M. L., Garcia, C., & Anderson-Block, K. (2012). Types of intimate partner homicides committed by women: self-defense, proxy/retaliation, and sexual proprietarinessHomicide Studies, 16(4), 359-379.

Summary: This article examines three types of intimate partner homicides (IPH) committed by women against men using data from Denver Metro area from 1991-2009. The authors find that the most common motivation for female perpetration of intimate partner homicides is self-defense. Citing researchers’ Wilson and Daly, the authors posit that some female perpetrations of IPH are also motivated by “sexual proprietariness”.

Questions to Consider:

1. How does Wilson and Daly’s “sexual proprietariness theory” and “self-defense theory” explain the etiology of intimate partner homicide?

2. Is jealousy, resulting in IPH, a uniquely male trait? Why or why not?

3. Why might there be such a drastic gender difference in the proportion of homicides that are IPH based?


Article 4: Logan, T., Walker, R. & Cole, J. (2015). Silenced suffering: The need for better measures of partner sexual violenceTrauma, Violence, and Abuse16(2), 111-135.

Summary: This article examines the current state of sexual violence literature to determine if/where any inadequacies may exist. The authors describe the shortcomings of the literature and provide suggestions for a more in-depth understanding of partner sexual assault. The authors posit that these improvements will better equip criminal justice personnel in the response to partner sexual assault.

Questions to Consider:

1. How can the measurement of partner sexual violence be improved?

2. Why might the measurement of partner sexual violence be underdeveloped compared to measurement of other victimizations?

3. In what way(s) could a better understanding of partner sexual violence better equip criminal justice personnel in their response to these incidents?


Article 5: Truman, J. L. & Morgan, R.E. (April, 2014). Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012.  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Summary: This BJS report provides data over a 10-year aggregate period to describe the prevalence and incidence of nonfatal domestic violence. The report uses data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in its description of domestic violence characteristics and patterns of domestic violence from 2003-2012. Domestic violence incidents include those committed by intimate partners, immediate family members, and other relatives.

Questions to Consider:

1. What are some of the possible reasons for the 63% decline in the rate of domestic violence from 1994 to 2012?

2. Why might violent victimizations be more serious in cases of domestic relationships than casual acquaintances?

3. How can the reporting of violence to police be improved?


Article 6: Holt, A. (2015). Adolescent-to-parent abuse as a form of ‘‘domestic violence’’: A conceptual reviewTrauma, Violence & Abuse. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1524838015584372

Summary: This article examines the how adolescent-to-parent abuse (APA) is both similar to and contrasts traditional instances of domestic violence. The author identifies the extent to which APA presents a challenge to researchers and practitioners in working toward prevention and elimination and discusses ways in which traditional domestic violence programs may not apply to APA cases.

Questions to Consider:

1. In what way(s) does adolescent-to-parent abuse differ from traditional instances of domestic violence?

2. Why should APA be studied and treated differently than cases of domestic violence involving two adults?

3. What aspect(s) of intervention programs work with traditional cases of domestic violence but not APA?