"An estimated 10 percent of adult women have experienced sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner, making intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) the most common type of sexual violence.
This book brings together advice for professionals working with individuals who have experienced rape or other forms of sexual abuse by current or former partners. Multidisciplinary and international in its approach, the book covers key issues salient to all professionals—including the impact of IPSV, reproductive coercion, possible consequences of taking a case to court, and best practice service responses. It also addresses the needs of IPSV victims in different contexts, such as those in same-sex or teenage relationships, immigrant victims, and those in prison. This is an authoritative resource for all professionals who work with IPSV victims including counselors, social workers, refuge workers, victim advocates, mental health professionals, pastoral workers, lawyers, police, and health practitioners.
What People Are Saying
"The rape victims who are suffering the greatest long-term psychological harm are those women who have been sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, yet this is the form of violence against women that we are talking about the least. This volume puts the issue of intimate partner sexual violence front and center, where it belongs. Professionals, community members, and survivors themselves will find here the key insights and practice guidelines needed to support healing, promote safety, and hold offenders accountable. The authors have made a huge contribution to justice and recovery."
- Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
“Written by a multidisciplinary group of experts, and with the authority that comes from thorough research and many years of practice experience, this book confronts the neglected experience of sexual violence towards intimate partners. As well as providing empowering knowledge for victims/survivors of all ages, it is essential reading for people working in the criminal justice system, health care, mental health, social welfare, and community organisations.”
—Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
"...a critically important step in acknowledging the life-damaging impact of IPSV and helps to give voice to this group of survivors who have been too long silenced. I am deeply thankful to the authors for their contribution to this field..."
—From the Foreword by Professor Raquel Kennedy Bergen