Intimate Violence against Women: When Spouses, Partners, or Lovers Attack

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Every year, at least 1.8 million women in the United States are beaten by their intimate partners. And that is only the number reported physically abused. It does not include those who remain silent, or those for whom the abuse is psychological. In this concise work, a team of writers examines the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of women, the risk factors for becoming a target, medical and psychological consequences, legal issues and effective treatments for recovery. The book dispels myths about intimate ...

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Overview

Every year, at least 1.8 million women in the United States are beaten by their intimate partners. And that is only the number reported physically abused. It does not include those who remain silent, or those for whom the abuse is psychological. In this concise work, a team of writers examines the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of women, the risk factors for becoming a target, medical and psychological consequences, legal issues and effective treatments for recovery. The book dispels myths about intimate violence, including the notion that one can identify a potential perpetrator. The most current research, theory and advocacy on this topic are presented so the reader will have the knowledge to help herself or others who are being abused.

Every year, at least 1.8 million women in the United States are beaten by their intimate partners. And that is only the number reported physically abused. It does not include those who remain silent, or those for whom the abuse is psychological.

In this concise work, a team of writers examines the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of women. They explain the risk factors for becoming a target of intimate abuse, including the effects of class and culture on this type of violence. They look at the potential legal issues, and explore effective treatments for recovery. Equally important, they dispel many myths about intimate violence, including the notion that one can identify a potential perpetrator. Most crucially, Intimate Violence against Women offers current research, theory and advocacy on this topic, arming the reader to with the knowledge to help herself or others who are being abused. The book presents specific safety recommendations for victims, as well as recommendations for teen-agers regarding dating violence. Legal and advocacy resources are included as well.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Aimed at a general audience, this volume dispels a number of myths about intimate violence against women and arms readers with knowledge they need to help themselves or others who have been victimized. Eleven contributions from academics and clinicians address the prevalence of these types of crimes and describe their impact on women's emotional and physical health. Legal issues and therapeutic interventions are also discussed."

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"The impact of abuse by spouses, partners, or lovers touches every aspect of a woman's being. It reverberates in the soul of the individual, within larger societal communities, and throughout every country in this world. Intimate Violence Against Women: When Spouses Partners, or Lovers Attack ('Intimate Violence'), manages to successfully intertwine a scholarly discussion of the problem of the abuse of women (neatly inserting statistics where appropriate) with a practical guide for any reader who picks up this book….This book would be a wonderful addition to college and law school classes, and a practical guide for those who are in need of the help that it offers. As an attorney, I would recommend that my colleagues who practice family law and child advocacy take the time to read this book."

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Metapsychology

"Lundberg-Love and Marmion have gathered a set of essays about many aspects of what happens, and how friends, family, and professionals can respond, when spouses, partners, or lovers attack. The volume strikes a remarkable balance between pragmatism and technical expertise, between political savvy and comforting reassurance. Individual essays are detailed and informative, and the contributors take pains not to overwhelm the reader. The message throughout is that battering, rape, and other physical, sexual, and emotional abuse are widespread, consequential, survivable, and preventable. Feminist critics of the Bush administration's tepid cultural, policy, and legal responses to violence against women will find useful evidence and commentary in this informative, accessible book. Some of it is elegantly simple; the editors do important critical work just by putting scare quotes around the word intimate in the title. Especially important are clear, up-to-date chapters on class and culture and on violence against women as a global phenomenon. The editors provide a useful preface and present practical information in a series of appendixes. Highly recommended. Lower-/upper-division undergraduates; students in technical programs; professionals; general readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275989675
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Women's Psychology Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PAULA K. LUNDBERG-LOVE is the Ben R. Fisch Endowed Professor of Humanitarian Affairs, and Professor of Psychology, at the University of Texas. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Tyler Counseling and Assessment Center, where she has provided therapeutic services for child and adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence for 20 years.

SHELLY L. MARMION is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas. She has been a Senior Research Fellow, publishing articles and reports on vulnerable populations including the elderly, deaf and blind, and the visually impaired. She is an award-winning teacher including for graduate and undergraduate classes.

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