Coping with Family Violence: Research and Policy Perspectives

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This volume takes a comprehensive look at the social responses to violence, making an important contribution to the literature on family violence research and policy. It first considers the meaning of family violence and the reasons why some victims do not accept help. The chapters then focus on social responses to the problems of family violence, including the growth of shelters and programmes for batterers, the changing response of the criminal justice system, and the resistance of the medical and health ...

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Overview

This volume takes a comprehensive look at the social responses to violence, making an important contribution to the literature on family violence research and policy. It first considers the meaning of family violence and the reasons why some victims do not accept help. The chapters then focus on social responses to the problems of family violence, including the growth of shelters and programmes for batterers, the changing response of the criminal justice system, and the resistance of the medical and health systems. The challenges confronting the caring services, the effectiveness of child protection and foster care programmes, and importance of prevention are also discussed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780803927230
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1988
  • Pages: 328

Table of Contents

PART ONE: PERSONAL RESPONSES TO VIOLENCE: THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
Applying the Label of Physical Abuse - Sharon Herzberger and Howard Tennen
The Effects of Personal Experiences with Couple Violence - Andrea J Sedlak
On Calling it 'Battering' and Allocating Blame
How Battered Women and Abusive Men Account for Domestic Violence - Michele Bograd
Excuses, Justifications or Explanations?
PART TWO: TAKING ACTION: DECISIONS TO DEAL WITH VIOLENCE
The Effect of Methodology on Subjective Estimates of the Differential Effectiveness of Personal Strategies and Help-Sources Used by Battered Women - Lee H Bowker
The Decision to Leave an Abusive Relationship - Michael J Strube
Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Issues
Termination or Resumption of Cohabitation in Women Battering Relationships - Lewis Okun
A Statistical Study
PART THREE: SEEKING HELP: THE USE OF SHELTERS AND PROGRAMS FOR MEN WHO BATTER
The Use and Psychosocial Impact of a Battered Women's Shelter - Andrea J Sedlak
How Some Men Stop Their Abuse - Edward W Gondolf
An Exploratory Program Evaluation
Issues in Conducting Treatment Research with Men Who Batter - Daniel G Saunders
PART FOUR: THE RESPONSE OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
An Empirical Analysis of Police Responses to Incidents of Wife Battery - Richard Berk, Sarah Fenstermaker and Phillis J Newton
Explaining Variations in Police Response to Domestic Violence - Eve Buzawa
Case Study in Detroit and New England
Victims Who Know Their Assailants - Barbara E Smith
Their Satisfaction with the Criminal Court's Response
Coordinated Police, Judicial and Social Service Response to Woman Battering - Denise J Gamache, Jeffrey L Edleson and Michael D Schock
A Multiple-Baseline Evaluation Across Three Communities
PART FIVE: THE RESPONSE OF MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Child Abuse Incidence and Reporting by Hospitals - Robert L Hampton and Eli H Newberger
Significance of Severity, Class and Race
PART SIX: THE RESPONSE OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Foster Care for Child Maltreatment - Desmond K Runyan and Carolyn L Gould
Impact on Delinquent Behavior
Factors Influencing the Response of Child Protective Service Workers to Reports of Abuse and Neglect - Susan J Wells
Intervention, Outcome, and Elder Abuse - Rosalie S Wolf and Karl A Pillemer
Child Maltreatment Evaluation Efforts - Deborah Daro and Ann H Cohn
What Have We Learned?
Methodological Considerations in Treatment Outcome Research in Child Maltreatment - Sandra T Azar
PART SEVEN: PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
Research on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children - Jon R Conte
Child Homicide in the United States - Katherine K Christoffel
The Road to Prevention

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