Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives / Edition 6

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Recent nationally broadcast trials have brought family violence into our front rooms. The William Smith and Mike Tyson rape trials forced us to confront date rape. The Bobbitt trial raised the issue of spousal assault. The Menendez brothers incited a discussion of sexual child abuse. The O.J. Simpson trial put the topics of spousal abuse and stalking into our national consciousness. And the most recent Au Pair murder trial made us wonder who really killed baby Matthew. As we are forced to become more aware of the extent and nature of family violence, this book becomes essential. This book introduces the complicated area of family violence, while providing the reader with sufficient knowledge to understand the various dynamics involved in family abuse. The more commonly discussed topics of family violence are presented from a medical, social, and legal perspective. Also covered are specialized topics not typically found in many family violence books, including sexual harassment, victim's rights, and stalking. Social workers, law enforcement professionals, health care professionals, and educators.
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Am undergraduate textbook and general introduction to the various dimensions of family violence, including some specialized topics that are not usually discussed in the context, such as sexual harassment, stalking, gays and lesbians, and victims rights. Examines the abuse and neglect of children, siblings, spouses, and elders. Chapter-specific suggested readings point to further study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Paul Harvey Wallace was a Professor in the Criminology Department, California State University, Fresno. He served as chair of the department of criminology. During his tenure as Chair, the departments embarked on a number of innovative programs. He was the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno from 2003 to 2005.

Professor Wallace received a Jurist Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law, an MPA from Golden Gate University and a BS in Criminology from California State University, Fresno.

He was considered a subject matter expert by the U.S. Department of Justice in Family Violence and Victimology. He is the author or co-author of nine college tests and has published in a number of referred and scholarly journals as well as presented his research at a variety of international and national conferences. Professor Wallace is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California and his professional experience includes appointment as the City Attorney of the City of Fresno, service as the County Counsel for the County of Butte, private practice in a media law firm and experience as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, California.

In 2008, the Northern California Mock Trial Regional were renamed the Harvey Wallace Northern California Mock Trial Regional in memory of Harvey Wallace..

Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D is an Emeritus Professor at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Until recently, he was managing editor of the international journal, Police Practices and Research and prior to that was Editor in Chief of the Professional Issues in Criminal Justice Journal. Cliff/s prior academic assignments include Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys, and Director, Justice Center, California State University, Fresno.

Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate; and Director of the Military Law Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Other legal employment experiences include Trial Supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice and judge pro-tem in the California courts. Educational background includes: Ph.D. in Human Behavior, U.S. International University; L.L.M., in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry, George Washington University; J.D. American University; B.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri; and one year of post-graduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of Professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Cliff Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based on his publications and their relevance to the profession [See Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 6, issue 1, 2009]. He has authored or co-authored over 50 books and texts.

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Table of Contents

1 Characteristics of Family Violence 1
2 Physical Child Abuse 25
3 Child Sexual Abuse 55
4 Child Neglect 81
5 Sibling Abuse 99
6 Ritualistic Child Abuse 111
7 Professionals and Their Responses to Child Abuse 133
8 Spousal Abuse 161
9 The Criminal Justice Response to Spousal Abuse 191
10 Elder Abuse 217
11 Gay and Lesbian Abuse 237
12 Women and Sexual Violence 249
13 Stalking 277
14 Victim's Rights 297
Epilogue: Family Violence and the Future 319
Index 321
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