The world's largest domestic violence research data base, 2,657 pages, with summaries of 1,700 peer-reviewed studies.

Over the years, research on partner abuse has become unnecessarily fragmented and politicized. The purpose of The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project (PASK) is to bring together in a rigorously evidence-based, transparent and methodical manner existing knowledge about partner abuse with reliable, up-to-date research that can easily be accessed both by researchers and the general public. In March, 2010, the Senior Editor of Partner Abuse recruited family violence scholars from the United States, Canada and the U.K. to conduct an extensive and thorough review of the empirical literature, in 17 broad topic areas. Researchers were asked to conduct a formal search for published, peer-reviewed studies through standard, widely-used search programs, and then catalogue and summarize all known research studies relevant to each major topic and its sub-topics. In the interest of thoroughness and transparency, the researchers agreed to summarize all quantitative studies published in peer-reviewed journals after 1990, as well as any major studies published prior to that time, and to clearly specify exclusion criteria. Included studies are organized in extended tables, each table containing summaries of studies relevant to its particular sub-topic.

In this unprecedented undertaking, a total of 42 scholars and 70 research assistants at 20 universities and research institutions spent two years or more researching their topics and writing the results. Approximately 12,000 studies were considered and more than 1,700 were summarized and organized into tables. The 17 manuscripts, which provide a review of findings on each of the topics, for a total of 2,657 pages, appear in 5 consecutive special issues of Partner Abuse published between April, 2012 and April, 2013. All conclusions, including the extent to which the research evidence supports or undermines current theories, are based strictly on the data collected.

Visit the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project website.


Held in Los Angeles from June 26-28, 2009, the goal of this Conference was to educate mental health and family violence professionals, attorneys, judges, family court evaluators and mediators, policy makers and the general public about domestic violence. The objectives were to:

  1. Provide up-to-date research, including data that calls into question policies that have hindered our abilities to effectively reduce domestic violence in our communities;
  2. Educate conference participants regarding the needs of all victims and their families, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or ethnic minority status;
  3. Provide an overview of alternative interventions, including couples and family counseling, and based on research rather than ideology.

A post-conference brochure with abstracts and presenter bios can be downloaded here. The conference presenters' website is


The following papers were presented at the 8th National Men's Health Conference in Newcastle in October 2009. The views presented are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the One in Three Campaign.

Intimate Partner Abuse of Men - Gary Bryant, Executive Officer, Men’s Advisory Network (MAN) Inc

Working With Those That Are Silenced - A Training Program for Working with Men Affected by Domestic Violence - Greg Millan, Men's Health Consultant, Men's Health Services

The Politics of Fear - Time For Action and Domestic Violence in Australia (based on the Paper “Domestic Violence in Australia – an update”) by Micheal Woods, Senior Lecturer, Men’s Health Information & Resource Centre, University of Western Sydney


Partner Abuse: New Directions in Research, Intervention, and Policy - A new journal devoted exclusively to scholarly work related to abuse between partners, taking a broad, inclusive approach to that form of interpersonal aggression, welcoming articles on topics such as mutual abuse, working with female perpetrators, services for male victims, partner abuse in ethnic minority populations and in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) relationships, systemic and restorative justice approaches, strengths-based interventions, prevention programs, and laws and policies related to partner abuse. You can download a free copy from here.


Many notable recent papers are available on the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Centre (USA) website at

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006). Personal Safety Survey Australia: 2005 Reissue 4906.0. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics. (Original work published August 10, 2006)

Dal Grande, E., Woollacott, T., Taylor, A., Starr, G., Anastassiadis, K., Ben-Tovim, D., et al. (2001). Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Survey, September 1999. Adelaide: Epidemiology Branch, Dept. of Human Services.

Dearden, J., & Jones, W. (2008). Homicide in Australia: 2006-07 National Homicide Monitoring Program Annual Report. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology.

Dutton, D. G., & Nicholls, T. L. (2005). The Gender Paradigm in Domestic Violence Research and Theory: Part 1—The Conflict of Theory and Data. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10(6), 680-714.

Dutton, D. G. (2010). The Gender Paradigm and the Architecture of Antiscience. Partner Abuse, 1(1), 5-25.

Feld, S. L., & Felson, R. B. (2008). Gender Norms and Retaliatory Violence Against Spouses and Acquaintances. Journal of Family Issues, 29(5), 692.

Felson, R. B. (2006). Is Violence Against Women About Women or About Violence?. Contexts, 5(2), 21-25.

Felson, R. B., & Outlaw, M. C. (2007). The Control Motive and Marital Violence. Violence Victims, 22(4), 387-407.

George, M. J., & Yarwood, D. J. (2004, October). Male Domestic Violence Victims Survey 2001. Ascot, UK: Dewar Research.

Graham-Kevan, N. (2007). Domestic Violence: Research and Implications for Batterer Programmes in Europe. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 13(3), 213-225.

Headey, B., Scott, D., & de Vaus, D. (1999). Domestic Violence in Australia: Are Women and Men Equally Violent? Australian Monitor, 2(3).

Hennessy, A., & Willie, C. (2006). Ending Family Violence Program, Woorabinda. Mackay: CDFVR Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum.

Hines, D. A., Brown, J., & Dunning, E. (2007). Characteristics of Callers to the Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men. Journal of Family Violence, 22(2), 63-72.

Kelly, L. (2002). Disabusing the Definition of Domestic Abuse: How Women Batter Men and the Role of the Feminist State. Florida State University Law Review, 30, 791.

Lee, M., Uken, A., & Sebold, J. (2004). Accountability for Change: Solution-Focused Treatment with Domestic Violence Offenders. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 85(4), 463-476.

Lee, M. Y., Uken, A., & Sebold, J. (2007). Role of Self-Determined Goals in Predicting Recidivism in Domestic Violence Offenders. Research on Social Work Practice, 17(1), 30.

Lupri, E., & Grandin, E. (2004). Intimate partner abuse against men: Overview paper. Ottawa, ON: National Clearinghouse on Family Violence.

Mcmurran, M., & Gilchrist, E. (2007). Anger Control and Alcohol Use: Appropriate Interventions for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence? Psychology, Crime & Law, (1), 1-10.

Medeiros, R. A., & Straus, M. A. (2006). Risk Factors for Physical Violence Between Dating Partners: Implications for Gender-Inclusive Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence. In J. Hamel, & T. Nicholls (Eds.), Family approaches to domestic violence: A practioners guide to gender-inclusive research and treatment. (pp. 59-85). Springer.

National Crime Prevention (2001). Young People and Domestic Violence : National Research on Young People's Attitudes to and Experiences of Domestic Violence. Barton: Attorney-General's Dept.

People, J. (2005). Trends and Patterns in Domestic Violence Assaults. Crime and Justice Bulletin, 89.

Sarantakos, S. (1998). Husband Abuse as Self-Defence. [Paper] Montreal: International Congress of Sociology.

Sarantakos, S. (1999). Husband Abuse: Fact or Fiction. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 34(3), 231-252.

Sarantakos, S., & Lewis, A. (2001). Domestic Violence and the Male Victim. Nuance, 3, 1-15.

Sarantakos, S. (2001). Domestic Violence Policies: Where Did We Go Wrong? Nuance, 3, 44-69.

Sarantakos, S. (2004). Deconstructing Self-Defense in Wife-to-Husband Violence. The Journal of Men's Studies, 12(3), 277-296.

Stith, S. M., Smith, D. B., Penn, C. E., Ward, D. B., & Tritt, D. (2004). Intimate Partner Physical Abuse Perpetration and Victimization Risk Factors: A Meta-Analytic Review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10(1), 65-98.

Straus, M. A. (1993). Physical Assaults by Wives: A Major Social Problem. In R. J. Gelles, & D. R. Loseke (Eds.), Current controversies on family violence. (pp. 67-87). Newbury Park: Sage.

Straus, M. A. (2008). Dominance and Symmetry in Partner Violence by Male and Female University Students in 32 Nations. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 252-275.

Stuart, P. (2004). Risk Factors for Recent Domestic Physical Assault in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 16(3), 216-224.

Whitaker, D. J., Haileyesus, T., Swahn, M., & Saltzman, L. S. (2007). Differences in Frequency of Violence and Reported Injury Between Relationships with Reciprocal and Nonreciprocal Intimate Partner Violence. Am J Public Health, 97(5), 941-7.