Gender Violence around the World: Reading List

To mark the launch of Alana Piper and Ana Stevenson’s edited collection, Gender Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives (Monash University Publishing, 2019), we compiled a growing list of resources about gender violence around the world.


Allen, Judith A. Sex and Secrets: Crimes Involving Australian Women since 1880. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Bavin-Mizzi, Jill. Ravished: Sexual Violence in Victorian Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1995.

Bourke, Joanna. Rape: Sex, Violence, History. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2007.

Crais, Clifton, and Pamela Scully. Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

Crozier-De Rosa, Sharon. Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920. London: Routledge, 2018.

Emsley, Clive. Hard Men: The English and Violence since 1750.  London: Hambledon and London, 2005.

Evans, Tanya. Fractured Families: Life on the Margins in Colonial New South Wales Sydney: UNSW Press, 2015.

Featherstone, Lisa and Amanda Kaladelfos. Sex Crimes in the Fifties. Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2016.

Feimster, Crystal N. Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Foster, Thomas A. Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019.

Foyster, Elizabeth. Marital Violence: An English Family History, 1660-1857. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Freedman, Estelle B. Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Freedman, Jane. Gender, Violence and Politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Milton Park: Routledge, 2016.

Gqola, Pumla Dineo. Rape: A South African Nightmare. Auckland Park: Jacana Media, 2015.

Harrington, Carol. Politicisation of Sexual Violence: From Abolitionism to Peacekeeping.  London: Routledge, 2016.

Hill, Jess. See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Abuse. Carlton: Black Inc., 2019.

Hirschauer, Sabine. The Securitisation of Rape: Women, War and Sexual Violence. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Hume, Moe. The Politics of Violence: Gender, Conflict and Community in El Salvador. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Hunter-Gault, Charlayne. Corrective Rape: Discrimination, Assault, Sexual Violence, and Murder against South Africa’s LGBT Community. Chicago: Agate Digital, 2015.

Johnson, Janet Elise. Gender Violence in Russia: The Politics of Feminist Intervention. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.

Judge, Melanie. Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Kelly, Liz. Surviving Sexual Violence. Cambridge: Polity, 1988.

Murray, Suellen. More Than Refuge: Changing Responses to Domestic Violence. Crawley: University of Western Australia Press, 2002.

Nelson, Elizabeth. Homefront Hostilities: The First World War and Domestic Violence. Kew: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2014.

O’Toole, Laura L. and Jessica R. Schiffman. Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. New York: New York University Press, 1997.

Richards, David L. and Jillienne Haglund. Violence against Women and the Law. Milton Park: Routledge, 2016.

Serisier, Tanya. Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Smith, Andrea. Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005, 2015.

Soh, C. Sarah. The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Straus, Murray A., Richard J. Gelles, and Suzanne K. Steinmetz. Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family. Norwell: Anchor Press, 1980.

Theobald, Jacqui, Suellen Murray, and Judith Smart. From the Margins to the Mainstream: The Domestic Violence Services Movement in Victoria, Australia, 1974-2016. Carlton: Melbourne University Publishing, 2017.

Thornberry, Elizabeth. Colonising Consent: Rape and Governance in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Vigarello, Georges. A History of Rape: Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century, trans. Jean Birell. Cambridge: Polity, 2001.

Weldon, S. Laurel. Protest, Policy, and the Problem of Violence against Women: A Cross-National Comparison. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002.

Edited Collections and Special Issues

Artz, Lillian and Dee Smythe, eds. Should We Consent? The Politics of Rape Law Reform in South Africa. Cape Town: Juta, 2008.

Edmonds, Penelope and Amanda Nettelbeck, eds. Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony: Economies of Dispossession around the Pacific Rim. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Ennaji, Moha and Fatima Sadiqi, eds. Gender and Violence in the Middle East. Milton Park: Routledge, 2011.

Hedgepeth, Sonja M. and Rochelle G. Saidel, eds. Sexual Violence against Jewish Women During the Holocaust. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2010.

McLaughlin, Megan and Elizabeth Hafkin Pleck, eds. Journal of Women’s History 19, no. 4 (2007): 7-11.

Piper, Alana and Ana Stevenson, eds. Gender Violence in Australia: Historical Perspectives. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2019.

Robinson, Shirleene, ed. Homophobia: An Australian History. Annandale: The Federation Press, 2000.

Scutt, Jocelyn, ed. Even in the Best of Homes: Violence in the Family. Melbourne: Penguin, 1983.

Scutt, Jocelyn, ed. Rape Law Reform: A Collection of Conference Papers. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, 1980.

Scutt, Jocelyn, ed. Violence in the Family: A Collection of Conference Papers, Canberra: Australian institute of Criminology, 1980.

Smaal, Yorick, Andy Kaladelfos, and Mark Finnane, eds. The Sexual Abuse of Children: Recognition and Redress. Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2016.

Willett, Graham and Yorick Smaal, eds. Intimacy, Violence and Activism: Gay and Lesbian Perspectives on Australasian History and Society. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters

Aitken, Jo. “‘The Horrors of Matrimony among the Masses’: Feminist Representations of Wife Beating in England and Australia, 1870-1914.” Journal of Women’s History 19, no. 4 (2007): 107-31.

Allen, Judith. “The Invention of the Pathological Family: A Historical Study of Family Violence in N.S.W.” In Family Violence in Australia, eds. Carol O’Donnell and Jan Craney. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1982.

Arrow, Michelle. “Making Family Violence Public in the Royal Commission on Human Relationships, 1974–1977.” Australian Feminist Studies 33, no. 95 (2018): 81-96.

Behrendt, Larissa. “Consent in a (Neo) Colonial Society: Aboriginal Women as Sexual and Legal ‘Other’.” Australian Feminist Studies 15, no. 33 (2000): 353-367.

Backhouse, Constance. “‘Her Protests Were Unavailing’: Australian Legal Understandings of Rape, Consent and Sexuality in the ‘Roaring Twenties.’” Journal of Australian Studies 24, no. 64 (2000): 14–33.

Bronitt, Simon, and Wendy Kukulies-Smith. “Crime, Punishment, Family Violence, and the Cloak of Legal Invisibility.” Journal of Australian Studies 37, no. 3 (2013): 390–401.

Carmody, Moira. “Uniting all women: A historical look at attitudes to rape,” in Crimes of Violence: Australian Responses to Rape and Child Sexual Assault, ed. Jan Breckenridge and Moira Carmody. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1992.

Collins, Anne-Maree. “Testimonies of Sex: Rape in Queensland, 1880–1919.” Journal of Australian Studies 15, no. 29 (June 1, 1991): 50–63.

Connors, Libby. “Uncovering the shameful: Sexual violence on an Australian colonial frontier,” in Legacies of Violence: Rendering the Unspeakable Past in Modern Australia, ed. Robert Mason. New York: Berghan Books, 2017.

Crenshaw, Kimberle. “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Colour.” Stanford Law Review 43, no. 6 (1991): 1241-1299.

Curthoys, Ann. “Family Violence and Colonisation.” Australian Historical Studies 51, no. 2 (2020): 146-164.

Doyle, Sue. “The Pyjama Girl.” Journal of Australian Studies 24, no. 64 (2000): 34–41.

Evans, Ilsa. “Desperate Lovers and Wanton Women: Press Representations of Domestic Violence.” Hecate 27, no. 2 (2001): 147-173.

Evans, Raymond. “A Gun in the Oven: Masculinism and Gendered Violence.” In Gender Relations in Australia: Domination and Negotiation, ed. Kay Saunders and Raymond Evans. Marrickville: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Group, 1992.

Featherstone, Lisa and Alexander George Winn. “Marital Rape and the Marital Rapist: The 1976 South Australian Rape Law Reforms.” Feminist Legal Studies 27, no. 1 (2019): 57-78.

Featherstone, Lisa and Amanda Kaladelfos. “Hierarchies of Harm and Violence: Historicising Familial Sexual Violence in Australia.” Australian Feminist Studies 29, no. 81 (2014): 306-324.

Fedtke, Jana. “Gender-Based Violence in Contemporary Digital Graphic Narratives from India.” South Asian Review 40, no. 3 (2019): 206-220.

Gleeson, Kate. “From Centenary to the Olympics, Gang Rape in Sydney.” Current Issues in Criminal Justice 16, no. 2 (2004): 183-201.

Grosjean, Pauline. “A History of Violence: The Culture of Honor and Homicide in the US South.” Journal of the European Economic Association 12, no. 5 (2014): 1285-316.

Haag, Pamela. “The ‘Ill-Use of a Wife: Patterns of Working-Class Violence in Domestic and Public New York City, 1860-1880.” Journal of Social History 25, no. 3 (1992): 447-77.

Haebich, Anna. “Murdering Stepmothers: The Trial and Execution of Martha Rendell.” Journal of Australian Studies 22, no. 59 (1998): 66–81.

Haskins, Victoria. “‘A better chance’? Sexual Abuse and the apprenticeship of Aboriginal girls under the NSW Aborigines Protection Board.” Aboriginal History 28 (2004): 33-58.

Haskins, Victoria. “‘Down in the Gully and Just Outside the Garden Walk’: White Women and the Sexual Abuse of Aboriginal Women on a Colonial Australian Frontier.” History Australia 10, no. 1 (2013): 11-34.

Hogan, Ashley. “’I Never Noticed She Was Dirty’: Fatherhood and the Death of Charlotte Duffy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Victoria.” Journal of Family History 24, no. 3 (1999): 305-16.

Jessen, Rebecca. “Why Do We Close the Door on Domestic Violence?” Hecate 41, no. 1/2 (2015): 98.

Jones, Joanne. “‘She Resisted with All Her Might’: Sexual Violence against Women in Late Nineteenth-Century Manchester and the Local Press.” In Everyday Violence in Britain, 1850-1950: Gender and Class, eds. Shani D’Cruze. Harlow, New York: Longman, 2000.

Kaladelfos, Amanda. “‘Call All Male Offenders By Their Right Name’: Masculinity and the Age of Consent.” Melbourne Historical Journal, Special Issue No. 1 (2009): 1-19.

Kaladelfos, Amanda. “The ‘Condemned Criminals’: Sexual Violence, Race and Manliness in Colonial Australia.” Women’s History Review, vol. 21, issue 5 (2012): 697-714.

Kaladelfos, Amanda. “The Dark Side of the Family: Paternal Child Homicide in Australia.” Journal of Australian Studies 37, no. 3 (2013): 333-348.

Kaladelfos, Amanda. “The Politics of Punishment: Rape and the Death Penalty in Colonial Australia, 1841–1901.” History Australia 9, no. 1 (2012): 155-75.

Kaladelfos, Andy and Lisa Featherstone. “Race and Ethnicity in Sex Crimes Trials.” In Legacies of Violence in Modern Australia, ed. Robert Mason. Oxford: Berghahn Publishing, 2017.

Karimakwenda, Nyasha. “‘Today It Would Be Called Rape’: A Historical and Contextual Examination of Forced Marriage and Violence in the Eastern Cape.” Acta Juridica no. 1 (2013): 339-356.

Kevin, Catherine. “Tyrants, Heroes, Sex and Secrets: Foundational Histories of Domestic Violence, Turning Points in Historiography and the Legacy of Judith A. Allen in Australia.” Australian Historical Studies 51, no. 2 (2020): 127-145.

Leung, Loksee, Stephanie Miedema, Xian Warner, Sarah Homan, and Emma Fulu. “Making Feminism Count: Integrating Feminist Research Principles in Large-Scale Quantitative Research on Violence against Women and Girls.” Gender & Development 27, no. 3 (2019): 427-447.

Little, Janine. “Domestic Violence Beyond Representation: Finding a Feminist Subject in the Allison Baden-Clay Murder Case.” Feminist Media Studies 20, no. 1 (2020): 1-17.

Mackie, Vera. “Sexual Violence, Silence, and Human Rights Discourse: The Emergence of the Military Prostitution Issue.” In Human Rights and Gender Politics, eds. Anne-Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre, Vera Mackie, and Maila Stivens. London: Routledge, 2012.

McConnell, Ruth and Steve Mullins. “’We Had Both Been Drinking since Christmas,’ – Battered Wives and Dead Abusive Husbands in Early Colonial Rockhampton.” Journal of Australian Colonial History 5 (2004): 100-19.

McMahon, Richard. “Histories of Interpersoanl Violence in Europe and North America, 1700-Present.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, eds. Paul Knepper and Anja Johansen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Mellor, Anne K. “Sex, Violence, and Slavery: Blake and Wollstonecraft.” Huntington Library Quarterly 58, no. 3/4 (1995): 345-370.

Murray, Jessica. “Gender and Violence in Cape Slave Narratives and Post-Narratives.” South African Historical Journal 62, no. 3 (2010): 444-462.

Murray, Suellen. “Taking Action against Domestic Violence in the 1970s: Nardine Women’s Refuge and Radical Feminism.” Studies in Western Australian History, no. 19 (1999): 190.

Nelson, Elizabeth. “Civilian Men and Domestic Violence in the Aftermath of the First World War.” Journal of Australian Studies 27, no. 76 (2003): 97-108.

Piper, Alana, and Ana Stevenson. “Business as Usual: Feminist History in a Post-Truth World,” in History in a Post-Truth World: Theory and Praxis, eds. Marius Gudonis and Benjamin T. Jones. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Phillips, Ruth. “Undoing an Activist Response: Feminism and the Australian Government’s Domestic Violence Policy.” Critical Social Policy 26, no. 1 (2006): 192-219.

Saunders, Kay. “The Study of Domestic Violence in Colonial Queensland: Sources and Problems.” Historical Studies 21, no. 82 (1984): 68-84.

Scully, Pamela. “Rape, Race, and Colonial Culture: The Sexual Politics of Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Cape Colony, South Africa.” The American Historical Review 100, no. 2 (1995): 335-359.

Simic, Zora. “From Battered Wives to Domestic Violence: The Transnational Circulation of Chiswick Women’s Aid and Erin Pizzey’s Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear (1974).” Australian Historical Studies 51, no. 2 (2020): 107-126.

Sleep, Lyndal Naomi and Luisa Gras Diaz. “When Transparency Can Be Deadly: Reporting of Identifiable and Locatable Personal Information in AAT Couple Rule Decisions That Involve Domestic Violence.” Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity 8, no. 1 (2020).

Smaal, Yorick. “Historical perspectives on child sexual abuse, part 1.” History Compass 11, no. 9 (2013): 702-714.

Smaal, Yorick. “Historical perspectives on child sexual abuse, part 2.” History Compass 11, no. 9 (2013): 715-726.

Smaal, Yorick. “Keeping it in the family: Prosecuting incest in colonial Queensland.” Journal of Australian Studies 37, no. 3 (2013): 316-332.

Serisier, Tanya. “Speaking out against Rape: Feminist (Her)Stories and Anti-Rape Politics.” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 16 (2007): 84-95.

Serisier, Tanya. “Speaking out, and Beginning to Be Heard: Feminism, Survivor Narratives and Representations of Rape in the 1980s.” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 32, no. 1 (2018): 52-61.

Swain, Shurlee. “Confronting Cruelty: Writing a History of the Detection and Treatment of Child Abuse.” Victorian Historical Journal 71, no. 1 (2000): 7-18.

Theobald, Jacqui. “Feminist Oral History and the Victorian Domestic Violence Services Movement.” Australian Feminist Studies 28, no. 78 (2013): 364-374.

Tsampiras, Carla. “‘Stubborn Masculine Women’: Violence, Slavery, the State, and Constructions of Gender in Graaff-Reinet, 1830–1834.” Radical History Review 2016, no. 126 (2016): 107-121.

Twomey, Christina. “Captivity, Human Rights and World War Ii: Japanese Captors and the Military Sexual Slavery of Western Women.” In Citizenship, Social Justice and Human Rights: International Historical Perspectives, eds. Joy Damousi and Kat Ellinghaus. Carlton: University of Melbourne, 1999.

Walker, Garthine. “Rereading Rape and Sexual Violence in Early Modern England.” Gender & History 10, no. 1 (1998): 1-25.

Webster, Amy. “The Re-Conceptualisation of Domestic Violence under the Howard Government since 1996.” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, no. 16 (2007): 57-68.

Woollacott, Angela. “A Feminist History of Violence: History as a Weapon of Liberation?” Lilith: A Feminist History Journal 16 (2007): 1-11.

Digital Humanities

Gendering the Smart City

“UK-India network curating safety in the city through community art, digital technologies and participatory mapping.”

Mapa de feminicidios en México (The Map of Femicide in Mexico)

“El Mapa de Feminicidios en México (MFM), el más completo y actualizado del país, es una ‘iniciativa ciudadana, cívica, independiente y de datos abiertos que ubica con coordenadas y causales los feminicidios desde el 2016’. Hasta la fecha cuenta con 2,355 casos registrados.”

“The Map of Femicide in Mexico (MFM), the most complete and updated in the country, is a ‘citizen, civic, independent and open data initiative that locates coordinates and causes of feminicide since 2016’. To date, it has 2,355 registered cases.”

Digital Resources

Counting Dead Women Australia

“Research by Counting Dead Women Australia at  Need help? Call 1800 RESPECT. In danger? Call 000. Open DMs if you know of deaths through violence.”

Destroy the Joint

“Destroy The Joint stands for gender equality and civil discourse in Australia. The name ‘Destroy The Joint’ came from the on-air comments of 2GB broadcaster Alan Jones, who stated in an on-air discussion on Friday 31 August 31 2012, that ‘women are destroying the joint’. This misogynistic comment was transformed into a witty Twitter hashtag that trended for 4 days. This Facebook page was set up independently to what was occurring in the twitterverse on 2 September 2012 to provide a community for those who are sick of sexism in Australia. The term ‘destroy the joint’ or ‘destroying the joint’ has entered the Australian lexicon. It rejects the suggestion that women are destroying the joint and represents a call to action for Australians who reject sexism and seek a civil and decent society. We’re not out to destroy the joint – that was someone else’s description. We’re rebuilding it with good humour and optimism.”

Our Watch

“Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.

 The Shiloh Project

“The Shiloh Project is committed to fostering research into the phenomenon of rape culture, both throughout history and within contemporary societies across the globe. In particular, it will investigate the complex and at times contentious relationships that exist between rape culture and religion, considering the various ways religion can both participate in and contest rape culture discourses and practices.

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