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Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • An accessible introduction to understand the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG)
  • Provides a synthesis of the latest knowledge on VAWG, what it is, what causes it, its consequences, and how to reduce and prevent it
  • Connects women's everyday experiences of violence to broader global patterns

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a longstanding problem that has increasingly come to the forefront of international and national policy debates and news: from the US reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act and a United Nations declaration to end sexual violence in war, to coverage of gang rapes in India, cyberstalking and "revenge porn", honor killings, female genital mutilation, and international trafficking. Yet, while we frequently read or learn about particular experiences or incidents of VAWG, we are often unaware of the full picture.
Jacqui True, an internationally renowned scholar of globalization and gender, provides an expansive frame for understanding VAWG in this book. Among the questions she addresses include: What are we talking about when we discuss VAWG? What kinds of violence does it encompass? Who does it affect most and why? What are the risk factors for victims and perpetrators? Does VAWG occur at the same level in all societies? Are there cultural explanations for it? What types of legal redress do victims have? How reliable are the statistics that we have? Are men and boys victims of gender-based violence? What is the role of the media in exacerbating VAWG? And, what sorts of policy and advocacy routes exist to end VAWG? This volume addresses the current state of knowledge and research on these questions. True surveys our best understanding of the causes and consequences of violence against women in the home, local community, workplace, public, and transnationally. In so doing, she brings together multidisciplinary perspectives on the problem of violence against women and girls, and sets out the most promising policy and advocacy frameworks to end this violence.


Part 1:
1. What is Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)?
2. Historical Struggle
3. Mapping VAWG Globally
4. VAWG and Gender Discrimination (and Equality)
5. Conflict-related VAWG

Part 2: Causes of VAWG
6. Men, Masculinities, and VAWG
7. Culture and VAWG
8. VAWG and the Media
9. Development, Poverty, and VAWG
10. Employment, Precarity, and VAWG
11. Migration, Human Trafficking, and VAWG
12. VAWG and Land/Property
Part 3: Contexts and Impacts
13. Education, Schools, and VAWG
14. VAWG and the Environment
15. International Security and VAWG
16. VAWG and Health and Reproductive Rights
Part 4: Responses
17. Legal Frameworks: National and International
18. Policy Frameworks and Solutions
19. Economics and VAWG
20. Advocacy Frameworks: Ending VAWG

About the author: 

Jacqui True is Professor of International Relations and Director of Monash University's Centre for Gender, Peace and Security. She is also a Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute (PRIO), Oslo. She is the author of 14 books including the prize-winning The Political Economy of Violence against Women, and The Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace, and Security with Sara E. Davies.

"This book is complex and yet refreshing. It brings the contentious issue of violence against women to the forefront of the Australian and international academic debate. True's work is indispensable reading for all those with an interest in gender and international relations, politics and gender, women's rights, feminist theory, conflict studies, feminist legal theory, and women's empowerment in the workplace." -- Flavia Bellieni Zimmermann, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Product details

ISBN : 9780199378937

Jacqui True
264 Pages
140 x 210 mm mm
Pub date
Nov 2020
What Everyone Needs to Know
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Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Violence against Women: What Everyone Needs to Know®