Abused and Battered: Social and Legal Responses to Family Violence

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Dean D. Knudsen, Joanne L. Miller
Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 232 pages
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That family violence injures and kills its victims both physically and psychologically was established over two decades ago by early researchers in this field. Abused and Battered heralds the second generation of domestic abuse research: it examines the implications of the legal and social responses to both victims and offenders by systematically addressing the intended and unintended consequences of programs and procedures designed to ameliorate the effects of spousal and child abuse.

Contributors to this multidisciplinary volume represent the leading perspectives in public health, law and criminal justice, psychology, and sociology. They provide new and sophisticated insights regarding the etiology of the multiple forms of family abuse and they suggest innovative strategies for mitigating the anguish resulting from physical and emotional violence against adults and children within households.

The results of this research will be of interest to students and practitioners in sociology, public health, psychology and family studies, and to clinicians and therapists who treat victims or offenders.

 

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Contents

Family Violence Research Some Basic and Applied Questions
5
Physical Violence in American Families Incidence Rates Causes and Trends
17
PublicHealth Conceptions of Family Abuse
35
Variations in Defining Family Mistreatment A Community Survey
49
CriminalJustice Processing of Violent and Nonviolent Offenders The Effects of Familial Relationship to the Victim1
63
An Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse and Consequent Victimization Some Implications of Telephone Surveys
79
The Mixed Roles of Social Support and Social Obstruction in Recovery from Child Abuse
89
The Admissibility of Expert Testimony on the BatteredWoman Syndrome
101
Perceptions of Verbal Aggression in Interspousal Violence
135
Police Classification of DomesticViolence Calls An Assessment of Program Impact
147
Legal Responses of Prosecutors to Child Sexual Abuse A Case Comparison of Two Counties
153
Family Violence and the Courts Implementing a Comprehensive New Law
167
Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child SexualAbuse Cases Research Findings Questions and Implications for Public Policy
181
Preventing and Provoking Wife Battery through Criminal Sanctioning A Look at the Risks
191
References
211
Subject Index
231

The Outcome of Participation in a ShelterSponsored Program for Men Who Batter
113
Removal of the Perpetrator versus Removal of the Victim in Cases of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse
123

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