Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and Women's Health / Edition 1

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Overview

Battering by men is the most significant cause of injury to women in our society. It is also a major cause of child abuse, murder, substance abuse and female suicide attempts. This volume, the result of 15 years of research conducted by the authors - a social worker and physician respectively - explores the theoretical perspectives of this dramatic expression of male domination, together with health consequences for women and clinical interventions.

The authors found that the traditional resources women turn to for help reinforce male domination: the medical, psychiatric and behavioural problems presented by battered women arise because male strategies of coercion, isolation and control converge with discriminatory structur

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
Karen M. Donahey
This book's contents reflect two decades of study and research on domestic violence and its significance for women's health. 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. 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. References are current and pertinent. There is an adequate number of tables. Its overall appearance is simple and attractive. 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.
Booknews
Linking domestic violence to a range of family and women's health problems, the authors present a composite picture of a "battering syndrome" which involves health and justice agencies in both the problem and the solution. The volume presents research and theory surrounding the related health risks posed by battering, the effects of institutional victimization, and preventative strategies on an institutional level. Stark and Flitcraft are nationally recognized authorities and the founders of one of the first shelters for battered women. Paper edition (7041-2), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803970410
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Stark is a forensic social worker and award-winning researcher with an international reputation for his work on the legal, policy, and health dimensions of interpersonal violence. A founder of one of the first shelters for abused women in the United States, in the 1980s, Professor Stark codirected the Yale Trauma Studies with Professor Anne Flitcraft, which was path-breaking research that was the first to document the significance of domestic violence for female injury as well as its links to child abuse and a range of other health and behavioral problems. The findings from these studies appeared in Women at Risk: Domestic Violence and Women’s Health (Sage, l996). Professor Stark has served as an expert in more than 100 criminal and civil cases, including Nicholson v. Williams, a successful federal class-action suit against New York City that made it unconstitutional to remove children from mothers solely because the mothers had been victims of domestic violence. Furthermore, he has consulted with numerous federal and state agencies and has won several prestigious awards for his work. His book Coercive Control: The Entrapment of Women in Personal Life (2007) won awards from the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association and was recently the subject of a special issue of Violence Against Women. With a Ph D from Binghamton University, State University of New York, an MSW from Fordham, and a BS from Brandeis University, he is a professor at the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers–Newark, where he is also Director of Public Health. Professor Stark holds a joint appointment in women and gender studies at Rutgers–New Brunswick and is a professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Health Administration at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Public Health.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
Medicine and Patriarchal Violence
Imagining Woman Battering
Social Knowledge, Social Theory and Patriarchal Benevolence
PART TWO: HEALTH CONSEQUENCES
Women and Children at Risk
A Feminist Perspective on Child Abuse
Killing the Beast Within
Woman Battering and Female Suicidality
Preventing Gendered Homicide
PART THREE: CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS
Personal Power and Institutional Victimization
Treating the Dual Trauma of Woman Battering
Clinical Violence Intervention
Lessons from Battered Women
Discharge Planning with Battered Woman
Physicians and Domestic Violence
Challenges for Prevention

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