This new edition explores the response to domestic violence today, not only by the criminal justice system, but also by social service and health care agencies. After providing a brief theoretical overview of the causes of domestic violence and its prevalence in our society, the authors cover such key topics as barriers to intervention, variations in arrest practices, the role of state and federal legislation, and case prosecution. Focusing on both victims and offenders, the book includes unique chapters on models for judicial intervention, domestic violence and health, and children and domestic violence. New to This Edition: * An overview of public and non-profit social services and health care interventions is integrated with coverage of criminal justice responses. * New student-friendly features include Sidebars , victim and offender case studies, along with relevant figures and photos . * New learning aids include summaries and review questions at the end of every chapter. * A new online Student Study Site includes SAGE journal articles organized by chapter. Features: * Both victim and offender's perspectives on domestic violence are explored. * Coverage of diversity among victims helps readers understand how diversity impacts victim needs, preferences, and attitudes, as well as the effectiveness of interventions. * Coverage of diversity among batterers explores how diversity affects the efficacy of various intervention strategies.