Publications - Book & Journal Articles

Details about Dr. West’s award-winning book, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue are available on her Book page. Below are selected journal articles and book chapters. Please see Dr. West’s Curriculum Vitae for a complete list of her publications.

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"Of particular note is the chapter written by Carolyn M. West....with a deep commitment to the study of violence in the lives of African American women, her chapter is a true wake-up call. Of import are Dr. West's strategies for specific ways in which empowerment of these girls can be assisted"
--Aida Sapp, Ph.D.

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West, C. M. (2008). Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and their homegirls: Developing an "oppositional gaze" toward the images of Black women. In J. Chrisler, C. Golden, & P. Rozee (Eds.), Lectures on the psychology of women (4th ed., pp. 286-299). New York: McGraw Hill.


West, C. M. (2012). Partner abuse in ethnic minority and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. Partner Abuse, 3(3), 336-357

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West, C.M. (2012). Racial Violence. In D. R. Berry & D.A. Alford (Eds.). Enslaved women in America: An Encyclopedia (pp. 319-322). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press.


West, C. M. (2010). Resistance as recovery: How Feminism helped me to win a sexual harassment grievance: In A. White (Ed.), African Americans doing feminism: Putting theory into everyday practice (pp. 175-188). New York: State University of New York Press.


West, C. M. (2007). Dating violence among African American couples. In N. A. Jackson (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence (pp. 235-238). New York: Routledge.


West, C. M. (2009). Still on the auction block: The (s)exploitation of Black adolescent girls in rap(e) music and hip hop culture. In S. Olfman (Ed.), The sexualization of childhood (pp. 89-102). Westport, CT: Praeger Press.


West, C. M. (2008). "A thin line between love and hate?" Black men as victims and perpetrators of dating violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 16(3), 238-257.


West, C. M. (October, 2006). Sexual violence in the lives of African American women: Risk, response, and resilience. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 


West, C. M. (2005). Domestic violence in ethnically and racially diverse families: The "political gag order" has been lifted. In N. Sokoloff (Ed.), Domestic violence at the margins: A reader at the intersection of race, class, and gender (pp. 157-173). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.


West, C. M. (2005). Violence. In D. C. Hine (Ed.), Black women in America: An historical encyclopedia (pp. 281-287). Oxford University Press.


West, C. M. (2004). Black women and intimate partner violence: New directions for research. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 19(12), 1487-1493.


West, C. M. (2003). "Feminism is a Black thing"? Feminist contributions to Black family life. In L. A. Daniels (Ed.), The state of Black America: The Black family building on its resilience (pp. 13-27). New York: National Urban League.


West, C. M. (2002). Battered, black, and blue: An overview of violence in the lives of Black women. Women & Therapy, 25(3/4), 5-27.


West, C. M. (2002). "I find myself at therapy's doorstep": Summary and suggested readings on violence in the lives of Black women. Women & Therapy, 25(3/4), 193-201.


West, C. M. (2002). Black battered women: New directions for research and Black feminist theory. In L.H. Collins, M. Dunlap, & J. Chrisler (Eds.), Charting a new course for feminist psychology (pp. 216-237). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.


West, C. M., & Rose, S. M. (2000). Dating aggression among low income African American youth: An examination of gender differences and antagonistic beliefs. Violence Against Women, 6(5), 470-494.


West. C. M., Williams, L. M., & Siegel, J. (2000). Adult sexual revictimization among Black women sexually abused in childhood: A prospective examination of serious consequences of abuse. Child Maltreatment, 5(1), 49-57.


West, C. M. (1998). Lifting the "political gag order": Breaking the silence around partner violence in ethnic minority families. In J. L. Jasinski & L. M. Williams (Eds.), Partner violence: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research (pp. 184-209). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


West, C. M., Kaufman Kantor, G., & Jasinski, J. L. (1998). Sociodemographic predictors and cultural barriers to help-seeking behavior by Latinas and Anglo American battered women. Violence and Victims, 13(4), 361-375.