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Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know

Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know

by Sherry HambySherry Hamby
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know challenges the pervasive stereotypes that depict battered women as passive and shows how to use the strength of battered women to create better and more nuanced research and intervention. Through an alternative strengths-based framework, Hamby deftly illustrates how battered women are in fact not passive and in denial but are active and diligent in protecting themselves and their loved ones. In addition to the traditional risks of being battered, many women who experience abuse face the risk of homelessness or the threat of losing custody of their children in a divorce battle. Understanding the full range of risks is necessary to understanding the complex problem of battering, and in this book, quantitative, qualitative, and clinical data reveal a wide range of protective strategies: immediate defensive responses in the moments following an attack, protecting children and other loved ones, reaching out for social support, turning to religious and spiritual resources, and engaging formal helpseeking. Using an approach called Multiple Criteria Decision Making, this book outlines a procedure for comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning, and risk management. Many, many strategies are still largely invisible to providers and researchers, and the steps that women take that receive very little attention or acknowledgement in the domestic violence field. The author identifies the vital role that researchers can play by simply acknowledging the variety of approaches that battered women employ. In this book's two new studies, survivors of domestic violence identify 133 different protective strategies in open-ended questions. These and other insights from survivor testimony make this volume the largest and most comprehensive review of battered women's strengths to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199873654
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2013
Series: Interpersonal Violence
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sherry Hamby, PhD, is a Research Professor and the Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South. She was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Center for Disease Control, and she joined the Research Advisory Council of the National Latin@ Network. She is also the founding Editor of Psychology of Violence.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women
Chapter 2 A Holistic Approach to the Complex Problem of Battering
Chapter 3 Protective Strategies in the Context of Battered Women's True Risk Burden: The Multitude of Risks Batterers Can Create
Chapter 4 Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping
Chapter 5 Social Issues, Practical Concerns, and Personal Values that Influence Coping Strategies
Chapter 6 Immediate Situational Strategies
Chapter 7 Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers and Pets
Chapter 8 Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management
Chapter 9 Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources
Chapter 10 Using Formal Services
Chapter 11 Invisible Strategies
Chapter 12 Bringing a More Holistic Approach to Services and Tools for Intervention
Chapter 13 Conclusion: Recognizing Protective Strategies Can Create Progress

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