Woman Battering in the United States: Till Death Do Us Part / Edition 1

Woman Battering in the United States: Till Death Do Us Part / Edition 1

by Helen M. Eigenberg
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Waveland Press, Inc.


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Woman Battering in the United States: Till Death Do Us Part / Edition 1

The extent and harm of woman battering has long been minimized by society. Like other types of violence against women, battering generally is ignored by academics, professionals, and policymakers who focus instead on violent, random crime committed by strangers. In this exceptional text, Eigenberg shows woman battering as a means of social control, offering a feminist, social constructionist perspective. Informative articles have been selected that enhance and complement the fundamental concepts presented in the book. This much-needed volume, appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate courses, challenges readers to think critically about the social construction of crime-how social definitions of crime might change if the magnitude and seriousness of woman battering were addressed.

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ISBN-13: 9781577661696
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/19/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Overview1
1."Night to His Day" The Social Construction of Gender31
2.A Letter From a Battered Wife52
Chapter 2The Nature, Extent, and Context of Woman Battering57
3.Minority Women and Domestic Violence The Unique Dilemmas of Battered Women of Color86
4.Effects of the Redesign on Victimization Estimates103
5.Societal Change and Change in Family Violence from 1975 to 1985 As Revealed by Two National Surveys113
Chapter 3Explaining Battering129
6.Violence Against Women in the Family What Causes Violence Against Women in the Home147
7.The Causes of Domestic Violence From Theory to Intervention161
8.Voices of Strength and Resistance A Contextual and Longitudinal Analysis of Women's Responses to Battering180
Chapter 4Legal Aspects of Battering197
9.The Decontextualization of Domestic Violence226
10.When the Batterer Wears Blue A National Study of the Institutional Response to Domestic Violence Among Police246
Chapter 5Criminal Justice System Response269
11.Contributory Factors Affecting Arrest in Domestic and Non-Domestic Assaults298
12.To Go or Not To Go? Preliminary Findings on Battered Women's Decisions Regarding Court Cases319
Chapter 6Summary and Recommendations327
13.A Community Checklist Important Steps To End Violence Against Women "... what can we do about it?"349
14.Write Out a Safety Plan358

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