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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen M. Donahey, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book's contents reflect two decades of study and research on domestic violence and its significance for women's health.
Purpose: The purpose is to identify the medical dimensions and health consequences of domestic violence as well as to evaluate the appropriateness of the clinical response and suggest ways to improve it.
Audience: The book is written for medical professionals, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health workers as well as those who do research in this area. The authors are nationally recognized authorities on interpersonal violence, including women battering, child abuse, and homicide. Twenty years ago they directed the first major federal research program on domestic violence in healthcare settings.
Features: References are current and pertinent. There is an adequate number of tables. Its overall appearance is simple and attractive.
Assessment: This book explores the theoretical perspectives as well as health consequences of woman abuse and evaluates clinical interventions by the medical field to reduce and treat violence against women. The book will be useful for both physicians and mental health professionals in helping them to understand, identify, and treat women who are being abused.