Violence in Context: Current Evidence on Risk, Protection, and Prevention

Todd I. Herrenkohl, Eugene Aisenberg, James Herbert Williams, Jeffrey M. Jenson

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This book offers a critical appraisal of research and theory focused on violence in youth, families, and communities. Chapters examine the ways in which violence is defined and understood; how risk and protective factors promote and inhibit violence in families and in communities; and how violence and related behaviors differ by gender, race, and ethnicity. A Work reviewed throughout the book examines overlapping forms of violence, the impact of violence on families, and resilience in child victims. Current evidence and advances in preventing violence are also noted and discussed. Emphasis is placed on understanding key social influences, environmental factors, and the role of larger systems in the etiology and prevention of violence. The book provides a comprehensive overview of published studies, limitations of research findings, and a thoughtful discussion of the ways in which future research can build on what is currently known about the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence in different settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865215
ISBN (Print)9780195369595
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Community violence
  • Family violence
  • Gender differences
  • Juvenile justice
  • Prevention
  • Race and ethnic differences
  • Resilience
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Social development and context
  • Violent offending
  • Youth violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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