Sexualized Violence Against Women and Children: A Psychology and Law Perspective

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B. J. Cling
Guilford Press, Jul 28, 2004 - Psychology - 305 pages
The first book to interweave clinical and legal perspectives on such recently formulated diagnoses as rape trauma syndrome and battered woman syndrome, this up-to-date resource helps mental health clinicians better understand their role in criminal or civil proceedings related to sexualized violence against women and children. Foundational knowledge is provided on the nature, prevalence, and psychological consequences of a variety of crimes, including rape, spousal abuse, stalking, sexual harassment, and child sexual abuse. The ways victims and perpetrators are dealt with in the legal system are critically examined, and important recent reforms discussed. Presenting guidelines and findings that will improve forensic assessment, this is a vital sourcebook for those called on to serve as expert witnesses and an invaluable student text.

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B. J. Cling, PhD, JD, is a clinical psychologist and a lawyer in private practice in New York City. She is also an associate adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and St. John's University, where she teaches forensic psychology in the MA and PhD programs, respectively. Dr. Cling received two postdoctoral certificates, one in psychiatry and law from the University of Southern California and one in psychoanalysis from New York University. A member of the New York State Psychological Association's Committee on Ethical Practice, she publishes in the area of psychology and law. She is currently helping to develop a postgraduate program in forensic psychology and science at St. John's University.

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