1. A-R -- 2. S-W and primary documents.
Alphabetical list of entries -- topical list of entries -- preface -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Timeline of significant events related to domestic violence and abuse -- Encyclopedia entries -- Appendix 1. Primary Documents. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ; Report of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights re: Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) et al. v. United States ; Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 ; Violence Against Women Act -- Appendix 2. State, national, and international organizations related to domestic abuse -- Glossary -- Recommended resources : books, journals, articles, and videos -- About the editor and contributors.
"Domestic violence impacts approximately one-third of the world's women. This comprehensive, two-volume work examines domestic abuse in the United States and worldwide, providing research, personal stories, and primary documents that reveal the extent of the problem. An estimated 1,300 to 1,800 Americans are murdered by intimate partners each year. Far from being a problem that only impacts women, domestic violence hurts society as a whole both socially as well as financially, with an estimated direct and indirect cost of nearly $6 billion annually in the United States. This book provides a timely and thorough reference for educators, students, scholars and activists seeking to better understand the global issue of domestic abuse. The entries document the history of the domestic violence prevention movement, provide explanations for abuse, identify warning signs of hidden abuse, describe types of victims and offenders, and supply information on interventions and prevention programs. Written by an array of experts in the field, the book also integrates the personal stories of survivors and addresses abuse as a global issue by covering topics such as acid attacks and female genital mutilation. Features: Presents personal narratives that highlight the importance of each survivor's unique experience with abuse; Includes primary source documents that address key legislation and court cases; Provides a wide range of resources for researchers, such as recommended reading and film lists as well as state, national, and international organizations related to domestic abuse." -- Publisher's website.