Interpersonal violence encompasses a wide range of human behaviors. Assault, bullying, child abuse, discrimination, domestic violence, genocide, kidnapping, murder, neglect, rape, self-inflicted injuries, stalking, terrorism and torture may all be defined as violence between individuals. The scope of this encyclopedia covers almost all forms of violence, except armed conflict between nations. Coverage includes both the victims and perpetrators of violence, with the emphasis upon research-supported studies. More than 500 expert written essays are aimed at students and professionals in fields that must address the causes and consequences of violence in our society. Therefore, the audience includes professionals in social work, criminal justice, education, health care, psychology and counseling, in addition to policy makers in public health and government. Many entries focus on those most susceptible to violence, particularly women, children, the elderly, immigrants, the poor and the homeless. Family and sexual violence are given extra attention. However, there is near equal coverage of those who commit violence. This applies to descriptions of support groups and intervention programs as well as discussions of associated disorders, syndromes and research organizations. Other articles define types of violence; describe its incidence in the United States; and outline efforts made to combat the problem. Forms of emotional and cultural coercion also are featured. Theoretical approaches examine biochemical factors, socialization issues and subcultures associated with violence. The research methods and instruments for studying both victims and abusers are explained. Also examined are the legislative and legal responses of our society to violence, from gun control to prosecutorial practices. Supplemental materials include extensive lists of contact information for state, national and international agencies, research organizations, support groups and recovery programs. A substantial statistical section provides data on American crimes from 2002-2006. The index is somewhat limited for a scholarly work, but each article provides substantial suggestions for further research. From assisted suicide and battered women to human trafficking and sex offenders, this guide provides an excellent overview of the state research on interpersonal violence. This set is highly recommended for academic libraries.