Their first book, ‘Violence Against Wives’ (Free Press, 1979) was groundbreaking and helped establish the field of research about violence against women.
Their latest book, ‘When Men Murder Women’ (Oxford University Press, 2015) is a comprehensive study of intimate partner murders, sexual murders, and the murders of older women that are examined in detail and compared to male-male murders with close attention to the murder event and the life-course of the perpetrators from childhood to the murder event and in prison.
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Then & Now
The problem of what was then called ‘violence against wives’ or ‘battered women’ became the focus of attention in the 1970s as women activists opened the first refuges/shelters for women escaping violence from their male partners and sought changes in policing, the law, housing, the media, and wider social attitudes.
The Dobashes consider the achievements of the worldwide social movement focused on providing support and shelter for abused women and their children, and discuss their numerous research studies of various aspects of violence against women from their first study of ‘Violence Against Wives’ to their latest study of ‘When Men Murder Women’.