The Partner Abuse State of Knowledge Project: A Comprehensive Research Database

Nature of the Project
For various reasons, research on partner abuse has been unnecessarily fragmented. The purpose of this project is to bring together, in a rigorously evidence-based, transparent and methodical manner, existing knowledge about partner abuse.

In March, 2010, the Senior Editor of Partner Abuse recruited family violence scholars to conduct an extensive and thorough review of the empirical literature, in 10 broad topic areas. Researchers were selected based on their areas of expertise to catalogue and summarize all known research studies relevant to each major topic, and its sub-topics (see below). They were asked to draw upon their own existing knowledge; to conduct a formal search for additional published, peer-reviewed studies through Psych Info and other widely-used search programs; and to share with project colleagues references they might find useful.
Papers of 30 to 60 manuscript pages providing an overview of findings on each of the 10 main topics, will be published in Partner Abuse. In addition to summarizing what is known about the topic, each author has been asked to indicate what is not known, and to make suggestions for future research. All conclusions, including the extent to which the research evidence supports or undermines current theories, will be based strictly on the data collected, with due consideration for the size and type of sample (e.g., large representative sample versus small clinical sample)
and type of study (e.g., experimental versus quantitative).

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