Reviews of Louise's Books
Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention, Recognition, and Intervention
Eds. Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck and Patricia Easteal AM
Routledge, UK, 2017
Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse
“'Perpetrators of IPSV is an important and valuable contribution to our understanding of this widespread, yet understudied, form of violence. Noted scholars, practitioners and survivors offer new research as well as extensive intervention and prevention recommendations. This volume will prove most useful for all of us working to end sexual violence.'.”
- Kersti Yllo, Wheaton College, U.S.A
"The subjects of this comprehensive, well-researched, and disturbing collection are the men who have sexually assaulted a partner and the effects on the women and children who are victimized by them. The book is long overdue, much needed, and path-breaking."
- Evan Stark, Rutgers University, U.S.A
"McOrmond-Plummer, Easteal and Levy-Peck have made a critical contribution to the field of violence against women with this multi-disciplinary book that addresses a highly understudied phenomena.
For far too long there has been a dearth of information about men who sexually abuse their intimate partners. This important book assembles leading experts from a variety of disciplines to address this void in an important way. For those who are working in the community with perpetrators, those working with women who have been victimized by their partners and others committed to ending violence against women, this book is essential reading.
This book contributes in an important way to furthering our understanding of IPSV as 'real rape' with very real consequences for society and most importantly, the lives of women who are victimized by their partners.”
—Raquel Bergen, Saint Joseph's University, U.S.A
Eds. Louise McOrmond-Plummer, Patricia Easteal and Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
, UK, 2014
Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners
“This book bridges the gap between therapeutic and criminal justice disciplines deaing with domestic and sexual violence and contributes to the debate as to what constitutes consent, sexual abuse and rape. It is a highlyr ecommended read for professionals; students in legal, clinical and social fields; and survivors of IPSV.”
- Sophia Ralph, Journal of Sexual Aggression: An international,
interdisciplinary forum for research, theory and practice, Volume 20,
Issue 3, 2014
"The rape victims who are suffering the greatest long-term psychological harm are those women who have been sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, yet this is the form of violence against women that we are talking about the least. This volume puts the issue of intimate partner sexual violence front and center, where it belongs. Professionals, community members, and survivors themselves will find here the key insights and practice guidelines needed to support healing, promote safety, and hold offenders accountable. The authors have made a huge contribution to justice and recovery."
- Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
"Written by a multidisciplinary group of experts, and with the authority that comes from thorough research and many years of practice experience, this book confronts the neglected experience of sexual violence towards intimate partners. As well as providing empowering knowledge for victims/survivors of all ages, it is essential reading for people working in the criminal justice system, health care, mental health, social welfare, and community organisations.”
—Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
"...a critically important step in acknowledging the life-damaging impact of IPSV and helps to give voice to this group of survivors who have been too long silenced. I am deeply thankful to the authors for their contribution to this field..."
—From the Foreword by Professor Raquel Kennedy Bergen
, Author of Wife Rape: Understanding the Responses of Survivors and Service-Providers
Also please see reader reviews here and here.
Patricia Easteal and Louise McOrmond-Plummer
"Real rape, real pain validates the traumatic and abusive nature of partner abuse, and challenges many of the myths that deny or minimise the harm caused by this form of sexual assault. The inclusion of women's stories (including some detailed accounts of abuse) and the jargon-free stye make it widely accessible...As well as being directly accessible to women who have experienced sexual assault by a partner, this could also be a useful resource for counsellors as a way of addressing the profound sense of isolation that women in sexually abusive relationships often feel...By emphasising healing and positive steps that women can take, the book offers hope without denying the horrific and disturbing reality faced by many women."
— Cameron Boyd, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) Aware Newsletter, Issue 14, June 2007. To read the review in full, please click here
"...Gently encourages her along a healing path, challenging society's denial of the seriousness of her experiences, the ignorance and sexism of perpetrators and condoners of intimate violence, the negative self-talk which can result from this special kind of wounding...Should be welcomed as a worthy contribution to the literature on violence against women."—Shelley McInnis, The Canberra Times, December 16, 2006, To read the review in full, click here
"The authors of this excellent book admirably achieve what they set out to...This is a book written by women for women. It is an excellent training tool for domestic violence workers to begin to understand the relationship between rape and domestic violence and invaluable to women dealing with rape as part of their experiences. The chapters which address trauma make this a good book for counsellors, therapists, and other professionals whose work involves dealing with any form of gendered violence....This book is practical, powerful, and above all, has the power to change, for the better, many women's lives. I would highly recommend this book."
— Dr. Emma Williamson,Women's Aid (UK), SAFE Domestic Violence Quarterly, Summer 2006. To read the review in full, click here
If you would like to see comments by survivor-readers, please go here. Also, reader reviews may be found here and here.