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Men's violence against women: Some key readings and reports

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What is men's violence against women? What are its causes and consequences? Here are some key readings and reports, on domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of violence against women. They include shorter or more accessible pieces and longer discussions and reports.

The pieces are listed below, and the full text attachments are below them. Also see other XY materials, such as this collection on debates over domestic violence and gender:

Short overviews

Flood, M. (2004). Domestic Violence. In Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson (Eds.). Men & Masculinities: A social, cultural, and historical encyclopedia, Vol. I (pp. 234-239). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio.

Heise, Lori L. (1998). Violence against women: An integrated, ecological framework. Violence Against Women, 4(3): 262-283.

Jewkes, Rachel. (2002). Intimate partner violence: causes and prevention. Lancet, Vol. 359, April 20: 1423-29.

Kimmel, Michael S. (2000). The Gender of Violence. Chapter 11 in The Gendered Society. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Redfern, Catherine, and Kristin Aune. (2010). An End to Violence Against Women. Chapter 3 in Reclaiming the F Word: The new feminist movement. London: Zed Books.

Walker, L., M. Flood, and K. Webster. (2008). Violence Against Women: A key determinant of health and wellbeing. Understanding Health: A Social Determinants Approach. Ed. H. Keleher and C. MacDougall. Oxford University Press.


Longer and other pieces

Bott, S., A. Morrison, and M. Ellsberg. (2005) Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in middle and low-income countries: a global review and analysis. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 3618. 

Cooper, Mick, and Peter Baker. (1996). Violence: The Peaceful Man. Chapter 5 in The MANual: The Complete Man’s Guide to Life. London: Thorsons.

DeKeseredy, W. S. (2011). Feminist contributions to understanding woman abuse: Myths, controversies, and realities. Aggression and Violent Behavior 16(4): 297-302.

Flood, M. (2007). Background document for Preventing Violence Before It Occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria. Melbourne: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Unpublished. URL:

Heise, L., M. Ellsberg, and M. Gottemoeller. (1999). Ending violence against women. Population Reports, Series L, Number 11, 1-43.

Jewkes, R. (2012) Rape Perpetration: A review. Pretoria: Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI).

Webster, K., and M. Flood. (2015). Framework foundations 1: A review of the evidence on correlates of violence against women and what works to prevent it. Companion document to Our Watch, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and VicHealth, Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, Our Watch, Melbourne.

World Health Organization. (2002). World Report on Violence and Health. Geneva: World Health Organization.

World Health Organization / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. (2010). Preventing Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Against Women: Taking action and generating evidence. Geneva: World Health Organization


Flood, Domestic violence.pdf486 KB
Heise, Violence against women 1998.pdf2.97 MB
Jewkes, Intimate Partner Violence Causes and Prevention.pdf1.39 MB
Walker Flood Webster, Violence against women 08.pdf1.13 MB
Bott, Preventing And Responding To Gender-Based Violence 2005.pdf516.81 KB
Cooper, The MANual - Ch. 5, Violence.pdf647 KB
DeKeseredy, Feminist contributions to understanding woman abuse 2011.pdf191.1 KB
Flood, Background document for Preventing Violence Before It Occurs PUB.pdf357.68 KB
Population Reports, Ending Violence Against Women 99.pdf1.11 MB
Jewkes, Rape perpetration - A review SVRI 2012.pdf376.91 KB
WHO, World Report on Violence 02.pdf2.32 MB
WHO, Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence 2010.pdf1002.41 KB
Webster Flood, Change-the-story-framework-foundations-1 2015.pdf1.6 MB
Kimmel, The Gendered Society - Ch. 11 Violence.pdf2.49 MB
Redfern, Reclaiming the F Word - Ch 3 Violence.pdf244.27 KB