Jeffrey L. Edleson

International research, training and technical assistance
to end violence against women and children

Jeffrey L. Edleson, Ph.D., is Dean and Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and the Founding Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. Read about his August 2012 appointment to Dean of the School of Social Welfare.

Edleson is one of the world's leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published over 120 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, groupwork, and program evaluation. He has been cited thousands of times with high impact, see his Google Scholar homepage.

Prof. Edleson is the co-author with the late Susan Schechter of Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (1999, co-authored with Susan Schechter, NCJFCJ). Better known as the "Greenbook", this best-practices guide has been the subject of six federally-funded and numerous other demonstration sites across the country. Prof. Edleson has also conducted intervention research and provided technical assistance to domestic violence programs and research projects across North America as well as in numerous other countries.

Prof. Edleson speaks frequently across the U.S. and internationally. His recent international speaking enagements and visits included: The University of Auckland, New Zealand (June 2013), the Te Papa Center for the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse and NZ Families Commission in Wellington, New Zealand (June 2013), the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (April 2013), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India (January 2013), The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India (December 2012), Roshni Nalaya School of Social Work, Mangalore, India (December 2012), The Hague, The Netherlands (March 2011); Toronto, Canada (September 2010); University of Tokyo (July 2010); University of Hong Kong (October 2008); The Hague, The Netherlands (March 2009); University of Bristol, UK (May 2009); University of Uppsala, Sweden (May 2009); Copenhagen, Denmark (May 2009); London (Ont), Canada (June 2009), Buenos Aires, Argentina (November 2009). Edleson's biographical information is available En Espanol.

Appointments: Prof. Edleson was appointed to the National Institute of Justice's Scientific Review Panel on Family Violence and Violence Against Women. This is the first time such a standing review panel has been convened. He was also appointed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. Prof. Edleson has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

News Coverage/On Children: Radio New Zealand interview on June 6, 2013, on the show Nine to Noon; Connect Magazine, the magazine of the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development has published a new article on Prof. Edleson's work in the Winter 2012 issue. TKM, a Dutch magazine focused on abused children, featured Prof. Edleson in its September 2009 issue. Youth Radio from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) featured a story on a child's view of domestic violence in February 2011, with an interview of Prof. Edleson included. He was also the guest on MPR's Midday call-in show on March 2, 2011. Prof. Edleson was featured in the Judicial Council of California's Great Minds series in March 2010 and was recently interviewed for a two-part inSocialWork podcast from the University at Buffalo.

News Coverage/On the Hague Convention: A New York Times editorial published on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, cited Edleson's research on the Hague Convention. Time Magazine covered Edleson's research on the homepage of its website on Human Rights Day 2010. Read the story titled Protecting Kids: Rethinking the Hague Convention on Time's website. The University of Minnesota Connect Magazine also featured his work on the Hague Convention in its Spring 2011 issue. Related to the Hague Convention is Edleson's recent U.S. State Department testimony, reprinted in the Domestic Violence Report.

Prof. Edleson was a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Research on Violence Against Women, helped plan the Academy's January 2011 Workshop on Preventing Violence Against Women & Children, is a consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has consulted for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a founding member of the Sheila Wellstone Institute.

Prof. Edleson's research, policy and practice interests have earlier focused on research on batterer intervention programs. In recent years, his work has focused primarily on the impact of adult domestic violence on children and how social systems respond to these children. He was (1) the Co-Principal Investigator with Prof. Roger Roffman on the first phase of the Men's Domestic Abuse Check-Up project funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse implemented at the University of Washington, (2) the Co-Principal Investigator on a project focused on Hague Convention cases involving domestic violence funded by the National Institute of Justice and jointly conducted with Prof. Taryn Lindhorst at the University of Washington, (3) the Co-Principal Investigator overseeing the Violence Against Women Online Resources website, and (4) Co-Prinicipal Investigator with Profs. Richard M. Tolman and Erin Casey of the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention.

Prof. Edleson is an Associate Editor of the journal Violence Against Women and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is Co-Editor of the Oxford University Press book series on Interpersonal Violence. His own books include Working with Children and Adolescents in Groups, co-authored with Sheldon D. Rose (1987, Jossey-Bass), Intervention for Men who Batter: An Ecological Approach, co-authored with Richard M. Tolman (1992, Sage Publications), Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women, co-edited with Einat Peled and Peter G. Jaffe (1995, Sage Publications), Future Interventions with Battered Women and Their Families, co-edited with Zvi Eisikovits (1996, Sage Publications), Evaluating Domestic Violence Programs (1997, Domestic Abuse Project), Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice co-authored with Susan Schechter (1999, National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges), Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children: The Future of Research, Intervention, and Social Policy co-edited with Sandra Graham-Bermann (2001, American Psychological Association Books) and Violence Against Women: Classic Papers co-edited with Claire Renzetti and Raquel Kennedy Bergen ((2005 and now online, Allyn & Bacon), Parenting by Men Who Batterer: New Directions in Assessment and Intervention (co-edited with Oliver J. Williams, Oxford University Press) and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008, co-edited with Claire Renzetti, Sage Reference).

His most recent books are entitled The Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (2nd ed.) co-edited with Claire Renzetti and Raquel Kennedy Bergen (2011, Sage Publications) and Battered Women, Their Children and International Law: The Unintended Consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention, co-authored with Taryn Lindhorst (2012, Northeastern University Press).

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received his Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and has practiced in elementary and secondary schools and in several domestic violence agencies.

Earlier Books by Edleson:

Rose & Edleson book cover Edleson & Eisikovits English cover Peled et al book cover

Chinese and Spanish Translations:

Rose & Edleson Chinese cover Edleson & Eisikovits Spanish cover

NEW: Battered Women, Their Children, and International Law:
The Unintended Consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention
Fall 2012, Northeastern University Press.

Hague book cover

Online: Honor Our Voices is a new interactive training on children exposed to domestic violence.

Online: Child Exposure to Domestic Violence (CEDV) Scale (En Espanol)

Sourcebook 2nd Edition is now available

Sourcebook book cover

Also Available: Companion Reader on Violence Against Women

Classics book now
free and online!

Classic Papers Book Cover

The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008, Co-edited with Claire M. Renzetti) Sage Reference.

EIPV Cover

Parenting by Men Who Batter (2007, Co-edited with Oliver J. Williams) Oxford University Press.

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DV in the Lives of Children (2001, co-edited with Sandra Graham-Bermann) American Psychological Association Books.

Graham-Bermann & Edleson book cover

Last updated June 2014.

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