Intimate Partner Violence, Clinical Interventions with Partners and Their Children


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Intimate Partner Violence: Clinical Interventions with Women, Men, and their Children brings into focus an ecological and clinical frame for addressing the resulting psychological effects of intimate partner violence (IPV). Aymer presents a perspective that is often omitted from social work textbooks which are geared to generalist practice, tending to expose students to macro-systemic ideas (including criminal justice policies and procedures) relative to IPV. However, this book expands clinical social work pedagogy by reinforcing the need for students to go beyond macro issues in order to deliver competent clinically-based interventions that help women, children, and men work though the consequential effects of partner violence. Designed for graduate social work students, it expands the discourse- arguing that IPV is a complex psycho-social-political-relational problem that must be understood from a multi-theoretical perspective.

Through case studies, theory, research, and the authors clinical practice wisdom, this text will: increase understanding of how to work clinically with women affected by IPV, increase knowledge of how to work with abusive men, heighten knowledge of how IPV affects children and adolescents, expand knowledge of social cultural notions, and explore mens role in terms of advocating against gender-based violence.


  • Chapter 1: Foundational Aspects of the Book
  • Chapter 2: Traditional Framing of IPV
  • Chapter 3: Psychological Linkages between Womens Early Abuse History and IPV
  • Chapter 4: Boys Exposure to IPV during Childhood
  • Chapter 5: Mothering and Motherhood in the Context of IPV
  • Chapter 6: Toxic Masculinity and Men who Batter
  • Chapter 7: Interventions with Abused Women
  • Chapter 8: Socio-Cultural Factors and IPV
  • Chapter 9: Mens Work: A Call to Action towards Violence against Women and Girls
  • Chapter 10: Shared Vulnerability: Countertransferential Feelings, Reactions, and Self-Care

Author Bio:

Samuel Aymer is associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. For over twenty-five years, Aymer worked as a therapist in the field of intimate partner abuse with abused women and abusive men, as a group facilitator for batterers treatment programs, and as a director of training for programs designed to serve victims and abusers of intimate partner abuse and community violence. Moreover, he supervised counselors and therapists who served abused women, children, and abusive men. Currently, his research and scholarship center on the multiple ways in which intimate partner violence (IPV) affects the psychosocial needs of children, women, and men. Sociocultural factors germane to misogyny, race, culture, gender, and patriarchy underpin Aymers scholarly pursuits in researching and writing about intimate partner violence.