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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."
"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."