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Abused and Battered : Social and Legal Responses to Family Violence - Dean Knudsen

Abused and Battered

Social and Legal Responses to Family Violence

By: Dean Knudsen (Editor)

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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.

-In this multidisciplinary collection, contributors explore persistent problems associated with the unresponsiveness of the police and the criminal justice system to victims of family violence, and the effects of prosecutorial discretion on such victims... Upper-division undergraduates and above.-

--Y. Peterson, Choice

-The evaluation studies in this volume underscore many of the problems researchers face, as well as the creative and ingenious approaches that they adopt to appraise programs and processes designed to reduce the injurious effects of family violence. The book is a welcome addition to the family violence literature. It is effectively organized and well written... [T]he book can stand alone as a course text.-

--Ann Goetting, Contemporary Sociology

-The strengths of this book include its coverage of both social and legal aspects of intervention, the inclusion of both quantitative and qualitative research studies, and the recognition that different types of abuse and victimization often occur within the same family.-

--N. Zoe Hilton, Canadian Journal of Criminology

-The volume presents important new research... The book would make an excellent supplemental text for a course on family violence.-

--Richard J. Gelles, Journal of Marriage and Family

-Abuse 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.-

--Adolescence "In this multidisciplinary collection, contributors explore persistent problems associated with the unresponsiveness of the police and the criminal justice system to victims of family violence, and the effects of prosecutorial discretion on such victims... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--Y. Peterson, Choice

"The evaluation studies in this volume underscore many of the problems researchers face, as well as the creative and ingenious approaches that they adopt to appraise programs and processes designed to reduce the injurious effects of family violence. The book is a welcome addition to the family violence literature. It is effectively organized and well written... [T]he book can stand alone as a course text."

--Ann Goetting, Contemporary Sociology

"The strengths of this book include its coverage of both social and legal aspects of intervention, the inclusion of both quantitative and qualitative research studies, and the recognition that different types of abuse and victimization often occur within the same family."

--N. Zoe Hilton, Canadian Journal of Criminology

"The volume presents important new research... The book would make an excellent supplemental text for a course on family violence."

--Richard J. Gelles, Journal of Marriage and Family

"Abuse 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."

--Adolescence "In this multidisciplinary collection, contributors explore persistent problems associated with the unresponsiveness of the police and the criminal justice system to victims of family violence, and the effects of prosecutorial discretion on such victims... Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--Y. Peterson, Choice

"The evaluation studies in this volume underscore many of the problems researchers face, as well as the creative and ingenious approaches that they adopt to appraise programs and processes designed to reduce the injurious effects of family violence. The book is a welcome addition to the family violence literature. It is effectively organized and well written... [T]he book can stand alone as a course text."

--Ann Goetting, Contemporary Sociology

"The strengths of this book include its coverage of both social and legal aspects of intervention, the inclusion of both quantitative and qualitative research studies, and the recognition that different types of abuse and victimization often occur within the same family."

--N. Zoe Hilton, Canadian Journal of Criminology

"The volume presents important new research... The book would make an excellent supplemental text for a course on family violence."

--Richard J. Gelles, Journal of Marriage and Family

"Abuse 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."

--Adolescence

List of Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Some Fundamental Issuesp. xi
Conceptualization and Empirical Study
Family Violence Research: Some Basic and Applied Questionsp. 5
Physical Violence in American Families: Incidence Rates, Causes, and Trendsp. 17
Public-Health Conceptions of Family Abusep. 35
Variations in Defining Family Mistreatment: A Community Surveyp. 49
Criminal-Justice Processing of Violent and Nonviolent Offenders: The Effects of Familial Relationship to the Victimp. 63
Effects of Victimization
An Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse and Consequent Victimization: Some Implications of Telephone Surveysp. 79
The Mixed Roles of Social Support and Social Obstruction in Recovery from Child Abusep. 89
The Admissibility of Expert Testimony on the Battered-Woman Syndromep. 101
Social Responses to Family Violence: Batterers and Their Victims
The Outcome of Participation in a Shelter-Sponsored Program for Men Who Batterp. 113
Removal of the Perpetrator versus Removal of the Victim in Cases of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abusep. 123
Perceptions of Verbal Aggression in Interspousal Violencep. 135
Legal Responses to Family Violence
Police Classification of Domestic-Violence Calls: An Assessment of Program Impactp. 147
Legal Responses of Prosecutors to Child Sexual Abuse: A Case Comparison of Two Countriesp. 153
Family Violence and the Courts: Implementing a Comprehensive New Lawp. 167
Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual-Abuse Cases: Research Findings, Questions, and Implications for Public Policyp. 181
Preventing and Provoking Wife Battery through Criminal Sanctions: A Look at the Risksp. 191
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780202304144
ISBN-10: 0202304140
Series: Social Institutions and Social Change Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37