Intimate Partner Violence: Clinical Interventions with Partners 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 through 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 author’s 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 men’s role in terms of advocating against gender-based violence.
Samuel R. Aymer, PhD, is associate professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. For over twenty-five years, Dr. 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. He also supervised counselors and therapists who served abused women, children, and abusive men. Currently, his research and scholarship center on the multiple ways in which IPV affects the psychosocial needs of children and adults, as well as the application of psychodynamic theories in clinical work with diverse client populations.
Chapter 1: The Traditional Framing of Intimate Partner Violence
Chapter 2: Sociocultural and Intersectional Factors Underlying IPV: Centering Black and Brown Women
Chapter 3: Women’s Formative Experiences and Exposure to IPV in the Family: An Object Relations Framework
Chapter 4: Adolescent Males’ Exposure to IPV: Practice Issues
Chapter 5: Mothering and Motherhood in the Context of IPV
Chapter 6: Toxic Masculinity and Men Who Batter
Chapter 7: A Self-Psychological Frame for Working with an Abused Woman
Chapter 8: Men’s Work: A Call to Action Concerning Violence against Women and Girls
Chapter 9: Shared Vulnerability: Countertransferential Reactions, Supervision, and Self-Care
Aymer's brilliant capacity to read the historical, cultural, and racial trends as well as the necessary nuances of the dynamics of domestic violence, sets this book apart. His clinical acuity differentiates his voice. He centers the impact of violence against women, while uniquely recognizing the psychic wounds of those who commit the harm. Aymer's work will be treasured for years to come.
Appendix A: IVP Key Terms
Appendix B:Suggested Biopsychosocial Assessment Framework For Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Cases Involving Cisgender Women
Appendix C: Suggested Biopsychosocial Assessment Framework for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Cases Involving Cisgender Men