Heavy Hands: An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence

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Prentice Hall, 2010 - Law - 405 pages
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Significantly updated in this edition, this book discusses many family violence issues in a comprehensive and easy to understand format. Chapters begin with scenarios and include case studies, in-depth feature boxes and current events that connect difficult topics to real life situations. This book contains a robust supplement package, new internet-based chapter exercises and end-of-chapter questions that address the changes in family violence, practice, policy and research. Some examples of new content include:

  • A new chapter on Violence Against Women Around the World
  • Section on research and sources of family violence data
  • Two chapters on child abuse
  • Chapter on adolescent perpetrators
  • Chapter on gay and lesbian partner abuse
  • Internet-based exercises

This is an ideal resource for individuals interested in the field of criminal justice, criminology, or sociology.

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Global Violence Against Women
History of Violence in the Family
Research and Theory on Family Violence

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About the author (2010)

A pioneer in law enforcement, the author became the first uniformed female officer for her hometown, Lunenburg, MA, and the first female campus police officer at the Community College she had attended. The Massachusetts Senate honored her in 1978 as the first woman appointed constable for the City-of Fitchburg. In 1979 she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America.

Trooper Gosselin graduated in the 61st Recruit Training Troop of the Massachusetts State Police in January, 1980. During the 12 years that followed she served as a uniformed officer performing route patrol activities; as an instructor at the Massachusetts State Police Academy; and as a major crime detective. Recognized as a local expert in Child Abuse Investigation she spoke on cable television and on radio. She and Trooper Gibbons appeared on "America's Most Wanted" when John Walsh presented their fugitive case on the show. Additionally, she has made many presentations at professional meetings with the Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, and for the Office of the District Attorney. Trooper Gosselin has testified on numerous major crime cases, both in Criminal Court and in Civil Hearings.

Like many police officers, her education was fragmented, interrupted over the years by demanding work and family responsibilities. Denise holds an Associate Degree in Science in Law Enforcement from Mt. Wachusett Community College; her Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Criminal justice were awarded from Westfield State College. At the University of Massachusetts she studied at the doctoral level in the Political Science department. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the first Child Abuse andExploitation Investigative Techniques Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Denise has additional training in homicide investigation, rape, search and seizure, and stalking. In 1995 she studied at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.

From 1991 to the present the author has lectured at Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, and Westfield State College as an adjunct. Presently she serves on the faculty of the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department at Western New England College in Springfield, MA. Her research efforts have concentrated on Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, and Interviewing/Interrogation. She developed the curriculum for courses in Domestic Violence and Interviewing/ Interrogation that have been made permanent course offerings at Western New England College. Recently Mrs. Gosselin taught Domestic Abuse for the 74th Massachusetts State Police Recruit Training Troop.

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