The Battered Woman Syndrome, Third Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Mar 23, 2009 - Psychology - 512 pages
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"This is an excellent book, written by the foremost authority in the field. [It] is easy to read and does a nice job integrating theory and research." Score: 95, 4 stars

--Doody's

Walker's seminal, groundbreaking book The Battered Woman Syndrome (BWS) has forged new directions in the field of domestic violence for over 30 years. Now, the highly anticipated, third edition offers thoroughly updated and revised research on key topics, including posttraumatic stress disorder, learned helplessness or learned optimism, the cycle theory of violence, and much more.

This third edition presents updated data generated from the newly modified Battered Woman Syndrome Questionnaire (BWSQ). With a new focus on culture and ethnicity, these data detail the experiences of foreign women who either live in their country of origin or the U.S. Like its popular predecessors, this new edition serves as a valuable resource for both professional counselors and students studying domestic violence.


Discussions on the revised criteria for the BWS and PTSD:

  • Posttraumatic stress and re-experiencing the trauma
  • High levels of anxiety and arousal
  • Emotional numbing, avoidance behaviors, and depression
  • Disrupted interpersonal relationships
  • Distorted body image and physical illnesses
  • Sexual issues, including feelings of guilt, shame, and jealousy

Key topics discussed:

  • Attachment issues for battered women and the men who batter them
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Risk factors for further abuse
  • Women in prison and battered women who kill their abusive partners in self-defense
  • The Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP) which helps women better understand how the violence has impacted their lives
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Battered Woman Syndrome Study Overview
1
Chapter 2 History
21
Chapter 3 What Is the Battered Woman Syndrome?
41
Chapter 4 Learned Helplessness Learned Optimism and Battered Women
69
Chapter 5 Descriptions of Violence and the Cycle of Violence
85
Chapter 6 Risk Assessment and Lethal Potential
107
Chapter 7 Body Image and Health Concerns
145
Chapter 8 Sexuality Issues
167
Chapter 11 Impact of Violence in the Home on Children
241
Chapter 12 CrossCultural and CrossNational Issues in Domestic Violence
275
Chapter 13 Domestic Violence Courts and Batterers Treatment Programs
311
Chapter 14 Battered Women in Jail and Prison
339
Chapter 15 Mental Health Needs of Battered Women
359
Chapter 16 Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program STEP
389
References
439
Index
469

Chapter 9 Battered Womens Attachment Style and Interpersonal Functioning
199
Chapter 10 Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
213

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About the author (2009)

Lenore E.A. Walker, EdD, ABPP , is Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Center for Psychological Studies, where she is also Coordinator of the Forensic Psychology Concentration in the doctoral program and Director of the Forensic Psychology M.S. Program. Additionally, Dr. Walker teaches in the Behavioral Science Track of the Criminal Justice Institute. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical and in Couples and Family Psychology. Dr. Walker pioneered the use of Battered Woman Syndrome in the criminal courts with women who killed their abusers and then adapted the self-defense data to civil and family court matters and broadened it to include impact from other gender violence issues. Author of 20 books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including three editions of the Battered Woman Syndrome, she has trained psychotherapists, forensic psychologists, lawyers, judges, and advocates in numerous countries around the world in assessment and intervention in gender and family violence. Dr. Walker has participated in the trials of several high publicity cases as an expert witness and consultant. Together with her students, she authored the evidence-based Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP) program, originally designed to work with battered women and now adapted for abused men and children.

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