Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

by Linda G. Mills

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Overview

In this groundbreaking book, Linda Mills—feminist, scholar, activist, and survivor—challenges the prevailing orthodoxies and maps out a plan to change domestic abuse treatment programs. Drawing on case studies and research from her abuse prevention programs, Mills reveals that intimate abuse is far more complex than we realize, and develops a program for healing that engages everyone caught up in a violent dynamic. Essential reading for therapists, couples, public health experts, and members of the criminal justice system, Violent Partners outlines a breakthrough approach to a major social problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465018246
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Linda G. Mills, JD, PhD, is Founder of the Center on Violence and Recovery at New York University. She has appeared on Oprah and The O'Reilly Factor and has been featured in the Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, and more. She lives in New York City.

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Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended for those who want a honest, comprehensive view of the state of abuse in America today, covering male/female, parent/child, child/child, class, race. A theme is that the feminist movement, which did the great thing of getting America interested in this widespread problem in our society, is taking a narrow--much to narrow view--in condemning men, and that involving local police in the problem has helped but is far from a cure all for this very complex problem. Read it, please, please, please..
Heidi72 More than 1 year ago
What Linda Mills is trying to do with her book is not try to trivialize the plight of abused women but show there is a quickly growing epidemic with men who are abused also. The truth is men are afraid to step forward or even fight back. So YES! It is possible for man to be "locked in a car". What about the men who have had pans dropped over their heads? Or a guitar broken on their back? Or had their wife handcuff themselves to the him then proceeded to bite him on his face, chest, and arms? The more the issue of violence against men is swept under the rug so that violence against women can continue to get the funding and national attention of researchers, media, and organizations, the worst it is going to become. Has feminism taken over society so much that men are being pushed back into the dark ages? Since when is the solution to ANY form of violence an eye for an eye? Just because in the past men have been the majority of the abusers does not mean women have a right to step up now and start abusing just any man, not even necessarily the abusive men, they feel they want to take their nasty mood out on. Let's face it, women are not always the nicest creatures to live with either! Linda Mills has simply and clearly brought a growing problem to the table to for all to see. I applaud her and her book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am just sick about the content of this book. There are inumerable 'statistics' that are misused, such as the number of woman-to-man violence without recognition of the vast differences (men stronger, etc.) and the vast different outcomes (many dead women vs. few men killed). The author does not understand domestic violence and her ideas of 'new' ways to deal with it are dangerous, compromising the safety of women in domestic violence. She attempts to say that current models of working with batterers and families do not work because of the stats, but fails to mention the untold numbers of lives saved or that our society has changed. Victims are blamed, abusers are sympathized with and what appears on the surface to someone who doesn't know better to be a new compassionate healing idea of what should be done is truly a dangerous theory which will no doubt hurt women. The author rails against and criticizes just about everything that currently saves lives from shelters to law enforcement. I've read about 75 books on domestic violence and own over 50 of them. They have all been good until this. I think it's the worst book I've ever read. I wish I had 100 pages to review all the things in this book that are ridiculous. I can sum it up by one statement on the author's website FOR battered men. Regarding what women sometimes do to men it states that they sometimes 'lock them in cars.' Lock them in cars?
ProudFatherOf5 More than 1 year ago
To me this book was a boring read filled with a paranoia towards female professionals who do some good work in the field of domestic violence. The author seems to be working hard at being thought of as a martyr, but I just wasn't buying into it. Why not work towards improving systems rather than moving people further apart? There just isn't really any substance, value, or benefit in trying to pit men and women against one another. She seems like a crazy lady who is also looking for negative attention to help push her name and agenda into a publishing frenzie.