Battered Women: Living with the Enemy

Battered Women: Living with the Enemy

by Anna Kosof
     
 

The history and current experiences of women and their roles in society are examined in this far-ranging series. Each volume takes up an issue of critical importance to women and provides an objective, in-depth treatment of the issue with an aim toward prompting discussion and informed reports. Includes sources, a bibliography, and an index.

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The history and current experiences of women and their roles in society are examined in this far-ranging series. Each volume takes up an issue of critical importance to women and provides an objective, in-depth treatment of the issue with an aim toward prompting discussion and informed reports. Includes sources, a bibliography, and an index.

The author takes readers to the shelters she has visited and tells the terrifying stories of the many battered women she interviewed. Also included are statistics on this national problem, an analysis of the causes of the abusive cycle, and suggestions on how to break away from a battering man.

Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up-While young people probably know more about abuse than adults would care to admit, Kosof offers them an in-depth look at the psychology of battery, both from the victim's and the perpetrator's point of view, paying some attention to the history of police intervention and the effects of domestic violence on dependent children. Perhaps it is a blessing that there are no illustrations. Kosof does include a number of first-hand accounts, and while they present typical women in typical abuse situations, the descriptions are not related in graphic detail. The voyeuristic attraction of such accounts is balanced by the author's analysis and careful handling of the research findings that explain why people stay in such relationships and the psychological growth that must take place for them to leave. The resources available to victims and the frank description of the tough road ahead of them are clearly delineated, as is the message that no woman need tolerate a situation where she is physically or mentally abused. There is, unfortunately, a real need for this book.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Mary Harris Veeder
Kosof interviews a number of individuals in shelters for battered women, but her book is much more than a collection of anecdotes. Without being condescending or scornful, Kosof attempts to answer the fundamental question "Why don't they just leave?" and spends a lot of time discussing the development of abusive relationships, which often begin in an atmosphere of romance. She includes much commentary on how batterers are viewed, but whether she's giving the viewpoint of taxi drivers, friends, children of victims, or the police, she makes it clear that there's a complicated reality behind the simplistic myth. The book will be an effective discussion starter for teenage girls. A bibliography, notes, and a list of help sources are among the materials appended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531112038
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/1994
Series:
Women Then - Women Now Series
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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