Family Violence and Criminal Justice

A Life-Course Approach


  • Brian Payne
  • Randy Gainey

The historical context of family violence is explored, as well as the various forms of violence, their prevalence in specific stages of life, and responses to it made by the criminal justice system and other agencies. The linkage among child abuse, partner violence and elder abuse is scrutinized, and the usefulness of the life-course approach is couched in terms of its potential effect on policy implications; research methods that recognize the importance of life stages, trajectories, and transitions; and crime causation theories that can be enhanced by it.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-4224-6138-9


"The authors were able to succinctly, yet very clearly elaborate on each issue mentioned, including a complete overview of research methods, criminological theories, and the history, consequences, risk factors and statistics on each type of family violence covered…. The overall result is a modern and useful textbook for criminal justice and criminology students at any stage of their education. The topics covered in the text makes it perfect for an introductory course on family violence, while still allowing professors to select part or all of the text to cover during a semester."--ACJS Today

Table of Contents

1. Family Violence and the Life-Course Perspective

2. Research Methodology and the Study of Family Violence and the Life Course

3. Explaining Family Violence

4. Violence at the Beginning of the Life Course: Child Abuse and Neglect

5. Violence in Early Adulthood and Beyond: Violence Between Intimate Partners

6. Violence at the End of the Life Course: Elder Abuse and Neglect

7. The Police and Social Service Response to Family Violence

8. The Courts and Family Violence: Issues and Innovations

9. Corrections and Family Violence: Treatment and Punishment Issues

10. Family Violence over the Life Course and the Collaborative Response

11. Family Violence: A Look Back, Recommendations, and a Look to the Future