Violence against women on college campuses has remained underreported and often under addressed by both campus security and local law enforcement, as well as campus administrators. The researchers, practitioners, and activists who contribute to the pertinent volume Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses examine the extent, nature, dynamic and contexts of violence against women at institutions of higher education.
This book is designed to facilitate an ongoing discussion and provide direction on how best to prevent and investigate violence against women, and intervene to assist victims while reducing the impact of these crimes. Chapters detail the necessary changes and implications that are part of Title IX and other federal legislation and initiatives as well as the effect these changes have had for higher education actors, including campus administrators, victim advocates, and student activists. The contributors also explore the importance of campus efforts to estimate the extent of violence against women; educating young men and women on the nature of sexual and dating violence; and shifting efforts to both make offenders accountable for their crimes and prompt all bystanders to act.
Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses urgently argues to make violence prevention not separate from but rather an integral part of the student experience.
Contributors include: Antonia Abbey, Joanne Belknap, Ava Blustein, Stephanie Bonnes, Alesha Cameron, Sarah L. Cook, Walter S. DeKeseredy, Helen Eigenberg, Kate Fox, Christopher P. Krebs, Jennifer Leili, Christine Lindquist, Sarah McMahon, Caitlyn Meade, Christine Mouton, Matt R. Nobles, Callie Marie Rennison, Meredith M. Smith, Carmen Suarez, and the editors.
"Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses is an innovative book whose publication will be enthusiastically welcomed by scholars, service providers, and victim advocates. The editors and contributors provide comprehensive perspectives—including Federal actions, intervention efforts, and student activism—towards preventing gender-based violence, from stalking to dating violence to unwanted sexual penetration (rape). Weaving in research findings, the chapters critically examine action steps currently mandated and in place and provide a call to action to move forward in addressing and preventing violence against college women."
—Bonnie S. Fisher, Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
“This volume brings together scholarship that provides historical and political context to the application of Title IX to the problem of violence against women on college campuses. Perhaps more importantly, however, the editors and contributors to Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses construct guideposts for charting the future of Title IX as we maneuver through the political minefield being laid by the current federal administration.”
—Claire M. Renzetti, Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair for Studies of Violence Against Women, Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Kentucky
"Addressing Violence against Women on College Campuses is a comprehensive edited volume that includes perspectives from researchers from law, gender studies, and criminology, along with service providers, advocates, and activists.... The authors critically examine the challenges to reporting and investigation presented by the current regulations, and provide compelling arguments for the need to prevent such violence occurring through evidence-based approaches.... (A) very useful and comprehensive handbook for academics, college administrators, policy makers, advocates, and activists wishing to remain abreast of this vitally important issue."
—Gender and Society
"The editors and contributors include the top scholars in the field, and their knowledge and expertise contribute to the high quality of the book. This book is useful to researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists working in the field of gender violence, as well as to students, faculty and staff on college campuses.... Overall, the book is a valuable and comprehensive resource on violence against women on college campuses that provides up-to-date, in-depth, and nuanced discussions of the relevant and complex policies, practices, research, and theory. Its discussion of implications for practice and research includes specific suggestions and recommendations that are straightforward and accessible."
—Teachers College Record
"(This book) will be an invaluable resource for those audiences, especially in the current climate of changing administrative guidance to provide due process for the accused on college campuses.... This book is a vital tool for those engaged in this work. Buy it, read it, and assign it to your students and staff."
—Psychology of Women Quarterly
"(A) comprehensive overview of the issues related to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on college campuses.... The end result is a well-rounded collection of chapters that provide an orientation to the core issues related to gender-based violence on college campuses..... Some of the most important contributions of the book, however, are the chapters in Part II which detail the evolution of the policies that shape campus attention to sexual assault. These chapters provide a careful, thorough, and contextualized summary of how and why these policies came to be, the promise they offer in the long struggle to end violence against women, and the unintended consequences of policies like mandatory reporting.... (T)he book overall is successful at addressing a range of topics related to gender-based violence on college campuses."
"The book is comprehensive and takes a look at major issues surrounding sexual violence on campus.... What is particularly unique about the book is that the contributors come from an array of backgrounds, from professors, researchers, administrators, victim advocates, and Title IX coordinators, all of whom are experts in this field and can provide an encompassing view of the problem and possible solutions. Combining academics and practitioner views on the topic in the edited volume provides students with a well-rounded view of sexual violence and makes for an interesting read.... Overall, this book would be perfect for classes that focus on victimology and sexual victimization. It is a useful tool to help explain major legislation and issues surrounding sexual violence on campus. However, those that work in academia as Title IX coordinators and advocates would benefit from the knowledge provided on sexual assault. This work could help start conversations about the pervasive issue of sexual violence on college campuses."
—Criminal Justice Review
"At once richly detailed in its portrayal of the state of higher education and filled with compassionate documentation of the experiences of victims and their advocates, Addressing Violence should be required reading for students, scholars, and those who work against violence on campuses. Addressing Violence particularly shines in its documentation of Title IX’s evolution (or perceived evolution) to shift sexual violence under the charge of civil rights legislation on gender discrimination.... (B)oth theoretical and methodological rigor are key to sociological work, and this book should serve as an important step to move forward in ways that address both of these pillars.... (C)urrent political changes only increase the relevance of Addressing Violence against Women on College Campuses."
— Contemporary Sociology
"This is an inspiring collection of the various forms of action to tackle violence against women, and especially sexual violence, that are being (or could be) made in universities. Its eighteen chapters cover substantial issues and areas of response.... It demonstrates how much there is to be done, but offers a toolbox so that hopefully no one will feel that they don't know where to start."
—Women's Studies International Forum
"This book provides a useful perspective for considering the complex issue, documenting and measuring this phenomenon to understand its scope and promote an understanding of pedagogical practices and cultural norms surrounding the conscious nature of the power dynamics at work.... This book constitutes a solid starting point for thinking through and implementing ambitious policies to combat gender violence within universities."
— La Review #1257