Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan

A project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)

  • Robert Geffner
  • Jacquelyn W. White
  • L. Kevin Hamberger
  • Alan Rosenbaum
  • Viola Vaughan-Eden
  • Victor I. Vieth
  • Contextualizes recent research in interpersonal violence in a comprehensive handbook with appropriate definitions, historical context, intervention/treatment approaches, case examples, policies,resources, and next steps.

  • Provides a comprehensive reference text, covering the range of topics from a developmental perspective.

  • Integrates all forms of interpersonal violence while dealing with key issues of intersectionality and systems responses.

Living reference work

Table of contents

  1. Suzanne C. Swan, Jessica B. Pomerantz, Bonnie S. Fisher, Nicole V. Lasky
  2. Marissa S. Cantu, Jamie S. Kondis
  3. Verena Wyvill Brown, Tamika J. Bryant
  4. Amber Shipman, Dawn Scaff, Cassandra Elverum, Michelle Clayton
  5. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Mallory Schneider, Candice Selwyn, Emma Lathan, Lameace Sayegh, L. Kevin Hamberger
  6. Tamara A. Hamai, Vincent J. Felitti
  7. Patricia Branco, Casey Keene, Anne Menard, Ivonne Ortiz
  8. Viola Vaughan-Eden, Victor Vieth, Sandi Capuano Morrison

About this book


Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan is a comprehensive state-of-the-science reference work for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. It is written from a trauma-informed perspective, and utilizes adverse childhood experiences research as its basic developmental framework along with the traumatic effects all forms of interpersonal violence tend to produce. With public health and social justice in mind, this human-rights based handbook also focuses on the overlap and continuum of the various types of interpersonal violence. It integrates all forms of interpersonal violence while dealing with key issues of intersectionality and systems responses.

This two-volume handbook is published in collaboration with the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, which aims to:
  • Acknowledge and understand the impact interpersonal violence has on individuals and society
  • Recognize the mental, physical, legal, social, and economic burden of interpersonal violence
  • Respect an individual's basic right to live without violence; value human dignity
  • Promote consensus-based practices while maintaining cultural sensitivity
  • Consider and address the unique needs of vulnerable populations


Interpersonal Violence Trauma-Informed Issues Systems Responses Child Maltreatment Adolescent Maltreatment Intergenerational Transmission of Abuse and Trauma Community Violence Intimate Partner Violence Adult Sexual Harassment and Assault Elder Abuse Survivors of Abuse

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Geffner
    • 1
  • Jacquelyn W. White
    • 2
  • L. Kevin Hamberger
    • 3
  • Alan Rosenbaum
    • 4
  • Viola Vaughan-Eden
    • 5
  • Victor I. Vieth
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute on Violence, Abuse and TraumaAlliant International UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.School of Health and Human SciencesUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.Dept of Family and Community MedicineMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  5. 5.Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social WorkNorfolk State UniversityNorfolkUSA
  6. 6.Education and ResearchZero Abuse ProjectSt. PaulUSA

About the editors

Robert Geffner, PhD, ABN, ABPP, is President and Founder of a nonprofit international resource and training center (the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute in Texas and now in California), and the Founding President of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. He is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, and editor of five professional journals (including the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, Journal of Child Custody, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma). He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and is Board Certified in Couple & Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a licensed clinician (Psychologist in CA and in TX, and Marriage & Family Therapist in CA) and directed a full-service private practice mental health clinic in East Texas for over 15 years prior to relocating to California over18 years ago. He has lectured and trained extensively nationally and internationally for over 35 years on the subjects of child abuse, domestic violence, trauma, forensic psychology, child custody, expert witness, human aggression, sexual assault and abuse, long term effects of adverse childhood experiences, the effects of abuse and victimization on the brain, prosecution of interpersonal violence and abuse cases, issues of child abuse and sexual offending for the defense of criminal cases, and diagnostic assessment. He has presented over 450 keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, and seminars at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Dr. Geffner is a founding member and past president of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology, and he is currently President of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and immediate past president of the American Academy of Couple & Family Psychology. He has been a researcher, trainer, practitioner, and consultant for more than 35 years.

Victor Vieth, J.D., is Senior Director and Founder of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. He is also the Founder and Director of the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) Programs. As a prosecutor in rural Minnesota, Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities. Victor has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention, and has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs plus many undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment. Victor has published countless articles regarding the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect, and authored Unto the Third Generation, a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.

Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, MJ, MSW, is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director with The Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University in Southeastern Virginia. As a clinical and forensic social worker, she also serves as a consultant and expert witness in child maltreatment cases – principally sexual abuse. Dr. Vaughan-Eden is President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services’ CASA/CJA Programs, and President Emerita of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She lectures nationally and internationally on child and family welfare to multidisciplinary groups of professionals. Dr. Vaughan-Eden serves as Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Forensic Social Work and Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Social Work Education. She is the recipient of several honors including the 2012 NASW - Virginia Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently President-Elect of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV).

Alan Rosenbaum, Ph.D., is a professor of Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University as well as at the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault at NIU. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV) and Co-Chair of the Translation and Dissemination Action Team. His research interests include the etiology and treatment of aggressive behavior, with a focus on intimate partner violence. He was founding director of the Men’s Educational Workshop, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which was the largest university based batterer intervention program in the US. He has authored more than 90 journal articles, books, and book chapters and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He is on the editorial boards of three journals and is associate editor of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

L. Kevin Hamberger, Ph.D., is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin. Since 1982, his research, scholarship, clinical work, and community work have been in the area of intimate partner violence. For 27 years, Dr. Hamberger conducted a program of treatment and research for domestically violent men. In this arena, Dr. Hamberger’s research focused on characteristics and treatment outcome with domestically violent offenders. Dr. Hamberger’s research has highlighted that, as a group, domestically violent men do not present with any single profile, but with multiple “personality types,” including personality disorders and other psychological problems. Antisocial tendencies and difficulty empathizing with others have been found to predict recidivism following treatment completion. Variables such as alcohol abuse and extreme dysphoria, including depression, anger-proneness and unstable mood, have been related to dropping out of treatment prematurely. More recently, Dr. Hamberger has studied different gender-related contexts and motivations for the use of violence against partners, and as a healthcare issue. He is also presently collaborating with colleagues to develop and implement trauma informed care principles into primary care medical practice settings.

Jacquelyn W. White, PhD, is an Emerita Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has conducted research on gender issues, sexual victimization, and intimate partner violence for over 35 years, and led one of the few longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students. She is co-founder and past president of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, as well as one of the co-organizers of ARC3: Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Consortium, a national group working to ensure that campus climate surveys of sexual misconduct are rooted in empirically based research. She is co-editor of the forthcoming American Psychological Association Handbook on the Psychology of Women. In addition to being a former AAAS Congressional Fellow, she is a past editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly, past president of the Southeastern Psychological Association, and past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. She was co-editor of the two-volume series on Violence against Women and Children, published by the American Psychological Association.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
  • Book Subtitle A project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
  • Editors Robert Geffner
    Jacquelyn W. White
    L. Kevin Hamberger
    Alan Rosenbaum
    Viola Vaughan-Eden
    Victor I. Vieth
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Springer Reference Biomedicine & Life Sciences Reference Module Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62122-7
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
    Public Health