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Jeffrey L. Edleson

Jeffrey L. Edleson

School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
Dean and Professor
Berkeley, CA, USA

Jeffrey L. Edleson is Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley as of August 1, 2012. He spent 29 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and was the Founding Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse.

He is one of the world’s leading authorities on children exposed to domestic violence and has published over 125 articles and 12 books on domestic violence, groupwork, and program evaluation.  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.

Edleson has conducted intervention research and provided technical assistance to programs across North America as well as in numerous countries including Australia, Argentina, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea and Singapore. He is a member of the U.S. National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and was recently a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention workshop planning committee. He was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Panel on Research on Violence Against Women and served as a consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prof. Edleson is an Associate Editor of the journal Violence Against Women and has served on numerous editorial boards. He is Co-Editor of the Oxford University Press book series on Interpersonal Violence and the Sage book series on Violence Against Women. 

His own books include:

  • Working with Children and Adolescents in Groups (1987, with Sheldon D. Rose , Jossey-Bass);
  • Intervention for Men who Batter: An Ecological Approach (1992, with Richard M. Tolman, Sage);
  • Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women (1995, co-editors Einat Peled and Peter G. Jaffe, Sage);
  • Future Interventions with Battered Women and Their Families (1996, co-editor Zvi Eisikovits, Sage);
  • Evaluating Domestic Violence Programs (1997, Domestic Abuse Project);
  • Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children: The Future of Research, Intervention, and Social Policy (2001, co-editor Sandra Graham-Bermann, APA Books);
  • Parenting by Men Who Batterer Women: New Directions in Assessment and Intervention (2007, co-edited with Oliver J. Williams, Oxford University Press);
  • The Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008, co-editor Claire Renzetti, Sage Reference);
  • The Sourcebook on Violence Against Women (2010, 2nd Edition, co-editor Claire Renzetti and Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Sage)
  • Companion Reader on Violence Against Women (2011, co-editors Claire Renzetti and Raquel Bergen, Sage)
  • Battered Women, Their Children, and International Law: The Unintended Consequences of the Hague Child Abduction Convention (2013, with Taryn Lindhorst, Northeastern University Press).

Prof. Edleson 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 is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota and has practiced in elementary and secondary schools and in several domestic violence agencies worldwide.


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