Selected Readings on Domestic Violence

  • Kirthi Jayakumar argues that sexual violence during war is a reflection of a society's attitudes towards women during peacetime| Insight on Conflict
  • Ann Jones writes about how domestic violence mirrors war arguing that the term 'domestic violence' undermines just how violent it is | Tom Dispatch
  • Women don't teach men how to treat them (badly); saying that women do so makes women responsible for male violence against themselves, and is a valid argument only from a dominant point of view | She Has the Power
  • Autumn Whitefield-Madrano speaks of relationship violence, independence and capability, arguing that while we must respect victims’ autonomy, that respect must be coupled with an understanding of abuse without which 'respecting autonomy can too easily lapse into a hands-off approach' | Feministe
  • Sarah M Buel lists fifty reasons why women may stay in abusive relationships | via
  • Cara  Kulwicki argues that the statement 'That's not the man I know' is made too often in relation to perpetrators of domestic violence, and 'it places our own experiences with a person above those of a person with whom they have been violent' | The Curvature
  • Barry Goldstein writes of changing abusers’ behavior: what works what doesn’t | Time's Up
  • Annalisa Barbieri asks how we can protect our daughters from domestic violence only to realise that one can't really learn how to avoid it entirely; one can only recognise and respond to it. "I now realise that in thinking that I could have any influence over whether my girls might get into a DV relationship, I have played into perhaps the greatest myth of domestic abuse: that it is somehow our fault. It isn't. It never was. But we can all learn more about it so that if it does happen, we know what to look for and what to do." | The Guardian
  • Restorative justice is not appropriate for domestic violence cases (2003) | Women'

  • Jackson Katz speaks of sexism, VAW, the framework for discussion of the issues & possible solutions | TEDxFiDiWomen
  • Kristin Carmichael defines abuse and speaks of how abuse is not limited to overtly abusive behaviour | TEDxABQWomen