Intimate terrorism explained at US experts domestic violence lecture

19 February 2014

One of the United States’ foremost experts on domestic violence will speak at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Thursday, February 20. 
Professor Michael P. Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies, has worked in the field for more than 30 years and now travels the world giving lectures and talks on domestic violence.

Professor Johnson, Penn State University, is famous for interpreting data on domestic violence, breaking it down into three distinct types with valuable lessons for service providers, policy makers and academics working in the field. His lecture will make reference to Scottish statistics.

The author of A Typology of Domestic Violence: Intimate Terrorism, Violent Resistance, and Situational Couple Violence, will address the controversial issue of ‘gender symmetry’, asking whether women are as violent as men in relationships, and what more can be done to tackle the problem. His lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Dr Nancy Lombard, GCU researcher in domestic violence, said:

“Professor Johnson is one of the most significant scholars of gendered violence. His gendered analysis has been influential in Scotland where domestic abuse is recognised by the Scottish government as both a cause and consequence of gender inequality.

“We are delighted that Professor Johnson is coming to GCU to deliver a lecture. The interest in his lecture has been unprecedented and highlights the ongoing commitment of academics, professionals and practitioners who work in this field .”

The lecture has been jointly organised by GCU’s Glasgow School for Business and Society and Institute for Society and Social Justice Research, the Gender Based Violence Research Network (GBVRN), Scottish Women's Aid, with support from West Lothian Council.