Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman: A Model for Assessment and Intervention

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Springer Publishing Company, Sep 5, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 228 pages
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The book spells out in practical, concrete terms what it really means to place the pathology outside the battered woman. The novelty in this approach lies in the implications for practice: battered women are not "sick" ˝ they are in a "sick" situation.

"ÍPractical and comprehensive, an excellent guide for clinicians and other intervenersÍ. Mary Ann Dutton's book, Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman, integrates psychological theory with detailed information on the real-life dimensions of abused women's posttraumatic responses and the strategies for assessment that form a part of each chapter are particularly valuableÍ. Dutton's approach of understanding women's experiences of violence in context and of empowering abused women will also serve to empower ˝ and free ˝ those providing services to women victims of partner violence."
- Angela Browne, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Author, When Battered Women Kill)

"Drawing upon her vast clinical, academic, and forensic background, Mary Ann Dutton shows us that women experience abuse in many different ways and employ a wide range of techniques to survive the abuse. She then offers numerous suggestions for working with battered women, all predicted on ethical, feminist principles. Although geared toward clinicians, this book is a great resource for battered women's advocate, law enforcement officials, and attorneys ˝ for anyone who comes into contact with battered women."
- Sue Osthoff, Director, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

"Finally, a book on battered women that shelter workers can recommend to traditionally trained therapists. Dutton provides a conceptual framework for understanding the differing needs of battered women: support, advocacy, and healing. Not all battered women are the same. Dutton details both the assessment processes and therapeutic approaches that acknowledge those differences."
- Anne L. Ganley, PhD, Domestic Violence Program, Seattle V.A. Medical Center


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About the author (2000)

Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in family violence and other forms of victimization. She received her doctorate from the University of Utah and is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Nova University, where she also serves as the Director of Clinical Training.

Dr. Dutton's research and clinical interests in the area of victimization have come together in her specialty program within the Nova University Community Mental Health Center. She is the Founder and Director of the Family Violence Program, an applied clinical research program that offers services to victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, which also providing training to doctoral and post-doctoral students.

In addition to being the author of numerous articles and book chapters on battered women and post-traumatic stress responses, Dr. Dutton's expertise has provided her with many opportunities to become involved with the legal system. She frequently conducts forensic evaluations and provides expert witness testimony in criminal and civil cases involving domestic violence and other forms of intimate victimization.

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