The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

by Donald G. Dutton, Susan K. Golant
     
 
Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than 700 abusive men-as well as therapy with hundreds more-psychologist Donald G. Dutton here paints a dramatic and startling portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner, such as admitted abusers like lawyer Joel Steinberg, sports celebrity 0. J. Simpson, and choreographer Peter Martins. With dramatic case

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Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than 700 abusive men-as well as therapy with hundreds more-psychologist Donald G. Dutton here paints a dramatic and startling portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner, such as admitted abusers like lawyer Joel Steinberg, sports celebrity 0. J. Simpson, and choreographer Peter Martins. With dramatic case histories that shed light on the dark secrets of spousal abuse, and with its singular focus on the personality of the abuser, rather than that of the victim, The Batterer provides the missing link to show how men can harm the women they love and how we can begin to put an end to violence behind closed doors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
University of British Columbia psychology professor Dutton specializes in treating batterers. A batterer's mind, he says, is ``a place of anguish and self-loathing.'' Writing with Golant (coauthor with Rosalyn Carter of Helping Yourself Help Others) he discusses the symptoms, characteristics and, in some cases, the cure for such violent behavior. Most repeat batterers, he maintains, suffer from a fragile sense of self, usually the result of a shaming father, an only intermittently available mother and violence in the family. For the batterer, an episode of violence involves three stages: buildup of tension, battering and contrition. Dutton rejects neurological and metabolic causes and sees symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the fear-filled attachment of the batterer to the woman he batters, whom he needs. Dutton shows how group therapy has occasionally been successful in treating batterers. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Spousal abuse has been getting more press these days, thanks partly to the O.J. Simpson trial. Dutton, an expert witness for the prosecution in the trial, and coauthor Golant, draw on this "trial of the century" to help elucidate their points regarding wife batterers. As sensationalistic as that sounds, the authors never stoop to tabloid journalism; their considered use of information from the Simpson trial actually increases the book's accessibility for general readers. In addition, Dutton, director of the Assaultive Husbands Program in Vancouver, also draws on the case studies of other, less-well-known abusers he has dealt with. Dutton and Golant provide an excellent introduction to the psychology of wife abusers, examining the different types of abusers: psychopathic, overcontrolled, and cyclical. They then narrow the focus to the cyclical abuser (the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde type exemplified by Simpson) and examine the different factors that go into making such an abuser. The authors also offer a link between posttraumatic stress syndrome and spousal abuse. They have produced a cogent and interesting book that deserves a place in both public and undergraduate libraries.Pamela A. Matthews, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465033874
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.91(d)

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Richard J. Gelles
"A major contribution to our understanding of why men batter and what can be done to prevent the abuse of women."

Meet the Author


Donald G. Dutton, Ph.D., is a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia and the director of the Assaultive Husbands Program in Vancouver.

Susan K. Golant is the author of 13 books including Helping Yourself Help Others, with Rosalylnn Carter.

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