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This is the first book to examine domestic violence in terms of a continuum of five distinct categories or levels of woman battering. This book, based on 501 in-depth qualitative interviews, places emphasis on how to recognize the warning signs of a dangerous relationship and urges women who have been battered in a dating, cohabiting, or marital relationship to end it quickly. This very practical and comprehensive study, which took more than seven years to complete, includes a step by step safety protocol and survival guidelines. The primary advantage of this new classification system is that professional counselors, social works, criminal justice professionals, and advocates will be better prepared with diagnostic indicators, risk factors, legal remedies, and ways to assess severity and potential lethality of abusive incidents. Detailed case histories are provided of formerly battered women of varying ages and backgrounds. Ending Intimate Abuse examines critical incidents in childhood and adolescence, the first and worst battering incidents, crises precipitants and traumatic events, and the turning points that led to women breaking off with their abusive boyfriends or husbands permanently. The authors are a husband (professor and researcher) and wife (women's health advocate) team who firmly believe that this book is designed to prepare professionals, parents, and concerned young women to understand the often complicated dynamics that differentiate the women who end the relationship soon after being battered from the women who stay. The book includes a national directory of domestic violence hotlines and intervention programs and a detailed glossary of key terms. It also includes several chapters with empirically based date rape prevention guidelines as well as the latest methods for improving police and court responses on the college campus and in the community.

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"Ending Intimate Abuse is a must-read book to raise consciousness, increase reporting, prevent or reduce the occurrence of abuse, facilitate its adjudication, and most importantly to bring about individual healing and trauma reduction quickly. I predict that this exceptionally well-written, highly readable and practical book will become indispensable to all young adults, high school and college educators, and their concerned parents." --Elizabeth Plionis, Ph.D, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, National Catholic School of Social Services, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

"Preventing intimate abuse is the challenge this significant book undertakes. The very moving women's stories, together with Roberts' cogent insights, give us a fresh perspective. The key turning points and survival guidelines make this new book a must read for women of all ages, and especially college students." -Linda Mills, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of Social Work, Affiliated Professor of Law, New York University, and author of Insult to Injury

"Ending Intimate Abuse should be included on every high school's and college's list of required reading. I have learned more from Ending Intimate Abuse, especially about early dating violence intervention, than from any other book in a long time. Thank you, Al and Beverly, for your potentially lifesaving research." -Victoria L. Lutz, J.D., Executive Director, Crossroads Safehouse, Fort Collins, Colorado

"Roberts and Roberts landmark study translates a complex issue into concrete useful information! Every young person needs to know the warning signs of abusive dating behaviors discussed in this book. Millions more need to know the practical steps to establish safety and mobilize community resources for themselves - or friends and loved ones- trapped in relationships of intimate abuse. The voices of survivors demystify practical guidelines and strategies to escape abuse while their stories remind us of the power unleashed with Ending Intimate Abuse." -Anne H. Flitcraft M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

"Ending Intimate Abuse is about 501 women who suffered violence at the hands of men they trusted - dates, boyfriends, fianc├ęs, and husbands. Ending Intimate Abuse is a good read and a powerful book. I recommend this book for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in the helping professions and for policymakers. Its combination of theoretical insight with practical suggestions makes a significant contribution to the field of domestic violence." --Kathleen M. Heide, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida and licensed clinical psychologist. Author of Young Killers

"This is the first book to focus necessary attention on the clinical challenges and obstacles in providing crisis-oriented and time-limited treatment to young battered women. The compelling and realistic case scenarios systematically examine how these women were trapped in abusive intimate relationships. It documents the turning points and positive interventions that facilitated individual healing and reduced trauma.Coauthored by a husband and wife team, the book expands knowledge of intimate partner abuse and contributes to the knowledge base of applied crisis intervention in forensic social work and psychology practice.I predict that this exceptionally well-written, highly readable, informative, and practical book will become indispensable to all mental health professionals, young adults, high school and college educators, and concerned parents."--Elizabeth Pilonis, Brief Treatments and Crisis Intervention

"The strength of this work by Roberts and Roberts lies in their focus on the initial stages of the abusive relationship, often in high school or college...Ending Intimate Abuse gives the reader an honest and emotional look into the experiences of victims of domestic violence...this work will be of great value. It provides insights into what victims experience and the differences between those individuals who leave violent relationships and those who stay in them...perhaps the most important contribution of this book is the practical advice it offers to victims and their families, as well as to those who are offering professional help to them."--Journal of Marriage and Family

"Over the last 30 years, domestic violence has enjoyed unprecedented attention by researchers, policy makers, and helping professionals. And yet, even though we know that young women are at the highest risk for partner violence, startlingly few books have been written with this audience in mind. Ending Intimate Abuse is a notable exception. In Part I, Roberts and Roberts describe the results of a qualitative study of 501 formerly battered women recruited through a convenience sampleIn Part II, the authors provide practical guidelines for professionals and friends and family who may be called upon to assist young battered women. The authors' proposed typology and suggested differences between groups are important contributions to the literature, and the book uses rich examples that speak directly to a young adult audience - an absolute rarity."--Greg Merrill, International Journal of Social Welfare

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195135473
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick/Piscataway
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Table of Contents

Part I. The Study of 501 Abused Women

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Book review

    This book is an exceptional resource for women in abusive relationships, people who know a woman in an abusive relationship, as well as for individuals studying victimology. It provides numerous case examples, tools for preventing victimization and tools for learning the different levels of abuse that occur. Ending with addresses and numbers to numerous battered women's shelters, I believe that this book should be read and referred to anyone that has experienced domestic violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    An Intimate Look Into Domestic Violence

    Ending Intimate Abuse by Albert R. Roberts and Beverly Schenkman Roberts is a book that is truly attempting to champion the cause of victims, focusing primarily on those victims of domestic violence. The guidelines and survival strategies are based on a study conducted by Dr. Roberts of 501 abused women. This is without a doubt one of the best books ever written on domestic violence survival strategies because it is based on information gathered from real life survivors of domestic violence, not simply some theory based on statistical data alone. The women in this book are all unique and their passionate stories are easily related to because of the scope of victims from high class socialites to low class drug users. The primary usefulness of this book is to allow the readers to establish tell tale signs that an abusive relationship is occurring with themselves or their friends and family members. In addition, it describes how women survived domestic violence and the crisis intervention model established later in the book is a key to allow a professional to assist a victim of domestic violence. This book should be a staple on the bookshelves of every police officer, social worker, and anyone else who deals with victims of domestic violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2007

    Easy-to-read and extremely informative

    Ending Intimate Abuse is a powerful piece of literature that serves many important purposes in the field of domestic violence. It can be used as a handbook or guide for women in all degrees of abusive relationships, as a method for students and scholar¿s to learn and teach from, and as a tool for crisis and social workers to provide more effective treatment. It is an easy read, making its contents readily available for nearly anyone who desires to learn about domestic violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Ending Intimate Abuse

    I loved 'Ending Intimate Abuse.' The cases in this book were very descriptive and real. Not only was it a good read but there was also alot of practical advice in it. I especially liked the 21 warning signs of abusers because it gave me an idea of what to be aware of in my own relationship. This book is great for a domestic violence, social work, or crisis intervention class, but it is also a great book for someone just looking for an interesting and enlightening read. It is the only course textbook I haven't sold back to the bookstore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    Versatile and Informative: A Must in the Libraries of All Women and Victim Advocates

    Ending Intimate Abuse: Practical Guidance and Survival Strategies is a versatile and extremely informative text to understanding the complexities of intimate partner abuse. Roberts and Roberts make the information relevant for survivors, advocates, faculty, students, and other interested readers. It is a supportive guide for any woman experiencing abuse in her relationship, an appropriate class text for undergraduate and graduate students, and should be in the libraries of all advocates serving survivors. The text is based on interviews with 501 abused women and the authors interweave their life stories throughout the text. To understand the critical issues that survivors face, Roberts and Roberts identify and discuss a number of important factors (e.g. socioeconomic, substance abuse, protective and resiliency, socialization, culture, and religious beliefs, and other factors) that influence abused women¿s decision making processes about their intimate relationships. They break new ground in the domestic violence literature by analyzing and organizing these life stories into categories along a continuum of violence (short-term, intermediate, intermittent long-term, chronic with patterns, and lethal). In addition, Roberts and Roberts assertively identify warning signs of potential abusive men. In all these ways, Roberts and Roberts provide critical information for prevention and intervention strategies and policies changes. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    Fantastic !!!!

    This is a compelling and comprehensive book regarding all aspects of Intimate abuse. For professionals, academics, and all women, this book provides practical strategies based on research on how to identify and leave abusive relationships. This is a must-read for all dating women, young and old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    An Invaluable Resource

    My job responsibilities require me to deal with domestic violence and abuse on a very frequent basis. I have found this book to be an invaluable resource in assessing domestic abuse incidents and their potential for escalation into deadly force. In addition, beneficial tools of the book include the detailed glossary of terms and the national directory of domestic violence hotlines and intervention programs. On a personal, note, I found this comprehensive book to be extremely informative as I have a 12 year old daughter. In the very near future, she will be entering high school and then college and this book has enlightened me to the concept of date rape and the threat of emotional and physically abusive boyfriends. I wholeheartedly intend on allowing her to read this book when she becomes of dating age so she too will have the knowledge to take all the necessary precautions to prevent herself from entering a potentially abusive situation. I congratulate Dr. Roberts on an excellent book. His expertise on intimate abuse relationships is evident throughout and both he and his wife have developed a successful handbook on examining domestic violence. I strongly recommend this book to parents of daughters as well as sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    A Lifeline and Essential Guide for All Involved in Helping Victims of Intimate Abuse

    This highly readable book is an exceptionally rich, essential resource for all who work with victims of intimate abuse, for family members, concerned parents,and even school teachers. It brings the voice of 501 women alive for clinicians and policy makers to guide and inform their work in a way rarely available. The practice guidelines, resources and directory of shelters, hotlines, coalitions and worldwide web resources are stellar and are particularly helpful for quickly navigating the terrain. Also it is most helpful to have the 23 warning signs that alert all to violent dates and partners. A step by step safety plan is a critical guide for practice and advocacy. This comprehensive, compassionate and thought provoking study and practice guide is a must have. I would want all my students, supervisees, colleagues and daughter to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2005

    An excellent book for women who date and all those that know them...

    This gripping, illuminating, and very practical book will equip young women with essential information on socializing and dating safely in college and will also help battered women to end their violent dating relationships quickly. The college experience is fostered by the students immersion into an environment that provides for young people the opportunity to experiment freely all that this place of diverse ideas and customs has to offer. It is a time where students are encouraged to suppress their natural inhibitions and experiment academically, physically, and socially. Their minds are open and their guards are down. In Ending Intimate Abuse, Dr. and Mrs. Roberts provide a warning for college aged women, explaining the dangers they may be subject to in this environment, 'College Students are vulnerable to abusive relationships and situations because of the nature of the college environment and the fact that many students are removed from the support of their families. College Freshman are at a high risk for physical and emotional abuse from their boyfriends and, in particular, for date rape.' Ending Intimate Abuse, serves as a preemptive self help book, seeking to provide awareness of the rampantness of intimate partner violence, thereby educating college aged women to take precautions and protect themselves from abusive relationships and situations. This easily readable book is unique in its ability to be clinically helpful and practically useful for both professionals and women of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2005


    This is a phenomenal book. It is inspiring, riviting, and has an exceptional impact because of the stories of the battered women who escaped their abusive relationships alive. It is a 'howto' book for all women that want to overcome and escape the terror of intimate abuse. It is impressively detailed. The most important aspect of this book--women can understand it and use it. The case studies themselves along with the 23 warning signs of an abusive partner will help women escape and prevent violent relationships, but most of all it will save lives! I have worked in the New Jersey Judiciary/Criminal Division for 17 years and thought I had seen and heard it all until I read this book. Hats off to Dr. Albert Roberts who wrote this book and has dedicated his career and most of his life to helping and saving the lives of abused and battered women. Dr. Roberts doesn't just write intimate abuse books--He owns the genre! BRILLIANT JOB WELL DONE!!

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