The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.

Killing of Stepsiblings

Killing of Stepsiblings

Killing of stepsiblings
Jessica A. Hehman Catherine A. Salmon Emily R. Villeneuve


On 19 February 2018, 37-year-old Samuel Westlake was shot to death by his stepbrother, Joshua Mackin, in a hotel parking lot in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The fatal conflict was initiated when Mackin, who was 34 years old at the time, allegedly discovered that Westlake was having sex with Mackin's girlfriend. Although he claimed he was innocent, Mackin was ultimately charged with murder and given the maximum sentence of 117 years in prison. In court, the prosecution portrayed Mackin as a ‘vengeful [step]sibling out for blood’, and he was described by Westlake's family and friends as a ‘monster’ who ...

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