Sexual assault is an extremely common part of domestic violence. Further, intimate partner sexual assault (IPSV) (previously called "marital" or "spousal" rape) is found in research to be the most common type of sexual assault, accruing longer-term trauma than stranger rape, with a greater potential for fatality when combined with battery (please see the IPSV Factsheet for more information and citations). Yet, understanding of this particular type of violence to women lags behind other types of sexual assault and domestic violence. It is essential for professionals who encounter victims/survivors who have been raped by their partners to know how to deliver equitable and compassionate treatment.
This website is for professionals who encounter women who have experienced the crime of intimate partner sexual violence. It contains knowledge useful for doctors, counsellors, police, social workers, domestic violence advocates, sexual assault workers and others.
It is also to let you know about my work in this area, and how to engage my expertise for your event or organization.
I am the coauthor with Dr. Patricia Easteal of the works Real Rape Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners (Hybrid Publishers 2006) and the coeditor with Dr. Easteal and Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014). Please feel free to see more information about the books here.
I give keynote addresses on IPSV to organizations, and conduct training workshops and presentations titled When the Rapist is Her Partner for professionals who will see victims/survivors. I am also the sitemistress of Aphrodite Wounded, a website offering support to survivors of IPSV, and also educational resources for professionals. I am very proud to say that Aphrodite Wounded has been recommended by organizations around the world, for people wishing to know more about IPSV, or for survivors seeking support.
On this site, you will find descriptions of my activities, and many resources and references for learning about and addressing IPSV. Please browse around, and don't forget to contact me if you would like to engage me for a workshop. presentation, keynote talk, or to contribute information to your organization's publication/s.
A note about my focus and gender: It has been put to me from time to time that I need to address men sexually assaulted by female partners, and at least one "Men's Rights" website states that I assume that women only are victims. This is inaccurate, of course (my latest book has a chapter about same-sex IPSV) and I am aware that men may be victims. However, it is a fact that IPSV is overwhelmingly a gendered, or male-on-female, crime. My work and my language thus reflect this reality. If others think the focus should lie elsewhere, then they are free to do that work but I do not feel the need to be apologetic for the focus of my own.
Excellent endorsement from Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men for our book, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse. See this page.
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence
(GCCASV) releases new Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Postcard resource.
What a splendid way to kick off May - the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month! You may see a close-up of the information on the back and front of the postcard here.
If you would like some postcards for your organisation or to distribute at an event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Awareness is vital!
Hooray for the NSW Police Force!
At a recent presentation in Dubbo, NSW, (13/03/14) I became aware of a new initiative that will make it mandatory for frontline police officers to ask questions about sexual assault on domestic violence call-outs. This is an excellent initiative, with the potential not only to encourage arrests of IPSV offenders, but to save lives. We can hope to see such action spread. Special kudos belongs also to the Staying Home Leaving Violence Program.