Battering and Family Therapy: A Feminist Perspective / Edition 1

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A feminist psychological perspective on the treatment of battered women partners is taken by this volume, which offers a challenge to traditional family therapy intervention in family violence.

Experts on legal, ethical and practical issues propose alternatives to the family systems approach and address key areas such as: the psychological state of women who remain in violent relationships; current laws governing family violence; training therapists to recognize family violence; multiethnic perspectives on the problem; and the impact of abusive parental relationships on children. Specific guidelines for individual work with victims are also presented.

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Challenging traditional intervention by family therapists in treating family violence, chapters by experts in specific legal, ethical, and practical areas of the problem propose alternative approaches to the treatment of wife battering from a feminist psychological perspective. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803943216
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/23/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Mary P Koss
An Overview of Domestic Violence - Michèle Harway and Marsali Hansen
The Legal Road to Freedom - Barbara J Hart
Battered Women - Michèle Harway
Characteristics and Causes
Therapist Perceptions of Family Violence - Michèle Harway and Marsali Hansen
Studying Battered Women and Batterers - Maureen C Mc Hugh
Feminist Perspectives on Methodology
Feminism and Family Therapy - Marsali Hansen
A Review of Feminist Critiques of Approaches to Family Violence
Conjoint Therapy with Violent Couples - Marsali Hansen and Irene Goldenberg
Some Valid Considerations
Feminism and Recovering from Battering - Elizabeth Register
Working with the Individual Woman
Treating the Batterer - Edward W Gondolf
Psychotherapy Supervision - Beverly J Goodwin
Training Therapists to Recognize Family Violence
Impact of Abusive Marital Relationships on Children - Pearl S Berman
Therapist Duty in Domestic Violence Cases - Nancyann N Cervantes
Ethical Considerations
A Multicultural Perspective in the Treatment of Domestic Violence - Nancyann N Cervantes and Joseph M Cervantes
Domestic Violence and Child Custody - Marsha B Liss and Geraldine Butts Stahly
Violence in Lesbian Relationships - Claire M Renzetti
Legal Self-Defense for Battered Women - Lenore E A Walker
Establishing Feminist Systemic Criteria for Viewing Violence and Alcoholism - Cynthia S Cooley with Kathleen Severson
Intervening with Violent Families - Marsali Hansen and Michèle Harway
Directions for Future Generations of Therapists

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