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A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence (Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law) Paperback – June 30, 2008


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  • Series: Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555536948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555536947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent book brings so much to the discourse on intimate partner violence and paves the way for more nuanced, theoretically-driven research, practice, and advocacy. The book is a must read for researchers in the field, and it also can serve as an essential guide for beginning scholars and graduate students on how to be critical consumers of domestic violence research. Overall, the book makes a significant contribution to the violence field." —Journal of Marriage and Family

“This book makes several valuable contributions to the literature on domestic violence. . . . Johnson’s book is well written and engaging. It is highly recommended reading for undergraduates, graduate students, academics, and policy makers interested in creating prevention and intervention services for domestic violence.”—Gender and Society

“Michael Johnson presents a thought-provoking argument for why existing research on intimate partner violence conflates several different phenomena, thus failing to adequately understand the issue. By separating types of intimate partner violence into the three categories, intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence, Johnson argues that existing tensions in the research can be reconciled.”—Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice

“Johnson’s compelling distinction between intimate terrorism, violent resistance, and situational couple violence has been the most influential of the typologies proposed in the past two decades. In this volume, Johnson lays the case for his thesis that the past forty years of domestic violence research have generated misleading and contradictory findings because researchers have failed to recognize distinctions between these types. The clarity and brevity of his argument and the liveliness of his style make this book an excellent choice for students and researchers who want to understand domestic violence typologies.”—Contemporary Sociology

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“Michael Johnson has written an astonishing volume on domestic violence. The theory is remarkably compelling, the research thorough, the application to advocacy directive. This book is the first to offer researchers and a broad array of practitioners a means to resolve a long-standing dispute that has baffled the field since its inception on the nature of domestic violence and its relation to gender. The book is essential reading and will undoubtedly set the research and policy agenda for the next decade.” (Robert M. Milardo, Editor, Journal of Family Theory and Review, and Professor of Family Relations, University of Maine)

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Michael P. Johnson (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies at Penn State, where he taught sociology and women's studies for over thirty years and was designated an Alumni Teaching Fellow, Penn State's highest teaching award. He is an internationally recognized expert on domestic violence, invited to speak at conferences and universities throughout the United States and around the world. His current research focuses on the implications of differentiating among types of violence in intimate relationships, and he consults regularly with community organizations and government agencies regarding domestic violence policy. He is widely published in scholarly journals, and his work on domestic violence is summarized in A Typology of Intimate Partner Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence (Northeastern University Press, 2008). Recent papers are available at his web site at www.personal.psu.edu/mpj.

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This guy is A FRAUD. And a disgrace to the field of psychology. His work in the late 90's on "intimate terrorism" has led the way to the false public perception that men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of this abuse toward women. His ground breaking study and published work is based on a study where he looked at INCARCERATED men and women in SHELTERS. What a load of rubbish. A Text book case of confirmation bias - he should write a book about "How to find the data to support your beliefs". More and more studies today are refuting rubbish pseudo intellectuals who haven't a clue about the scientific method and psychologists are other scientifically challenged fields due to the wide spread availability of information online.
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By Joanna L Raffety on July 3, 2014
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Compelling! Presents a lot of evidence to dispel myths about domestic violence.
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By Mark Lance on March 14, 2013
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Excellent Read. Top Shelf Research. Answers all those not well understood questions and conflicting answers. Common sense approach to complex issues.
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It has been about 4 years since I read this book and to this day information I received from it still sticks out in my mind. The research and analysis are excellent sources, and yet it is written in a very comprehensive and understandable fashion.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Toni Mclean on February 16, 2011
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A Typology of Domestic Violence provides a comprehensive and useful coverage of Michael Johnson's categories of partner violence offenders, despite the not insignificant limitation that Johnson has a strong pro-feminist perspective. Johnson has made one of the more useful contributions to the science of understanding partner violence, in particular by identifying that different kinds of surveys of different populations produce very different results with regard to the prevalence and nature of male and female perpetration, a result which was, and still is to some extent, a cause of much controversy in the field. This led to Johnson's 'unifying' explication, which included what any clinician working with high conflict couples would already have known from practise: that much violence between couples is bilateral, if not actually symmetrical, and in these cases issues of power and control are more to do with the nature and stage of the relationship than the external sociopolitical environment of male privilege.

Johnson is in a somewhat awkward position theoretically by holding strongly to the belief that women practise controlling, coercive violence (CCV)(referred to as intimate terrorism in the book), much less often than men. His 'unifying' theory that studies of different populations produce different outcomes leaves him with one foot in the boat of feminist theory and the other in the boat of family violence theory, with his feet an uncomfortable distance apart. Given that studies that identify higher levels of partner violence by women also indicate that women do cause significant injury to male partners (albeit it be at a somewhat lower rate than male violence against female partners), there has to be more consideration given to the possibility of women committing CCV.
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