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.
"In Sexualized Violence against Women and Children, Cling has brought together an 'A-list' of scholars and practitioners to offer fresh insights into a social problem of enduring significance. Mental health professionals, lawyers, and advocates will all find much of value in these well-crafted chapters."--John Monahan, PhD, University of Virginia School of Law
"This volume is a welcome update in a field growing by leaps and bounds. The authors provide the latest psychological theories together with legal imperatives to help clinicians and lawyers in the courtroom. Everyone involved in treating clients who have been physically or sexually abused, or in working with them when litigation occurs, should have a copy of this book on their desk. You'll find what you need in these pages."--Lenore Walker, EdD, Forensic Psychology Concentration, Nova Southeastern University
"An excellent reference joining theoretical constructs within psychology and law on topics related to sexual harassment, battered women, and maternal violence, to name a few. Whether or not one subscribes to the various theoretical perspectives described, this book brings together a group of papers with supporting literature and helpful pointers that are wholly relevant and useful in a variety of clinical and legal contexts."--Debra A. Pinals, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
"Outstanding. Social workers will find the legal content on sexualized violence current, accessible, and comprehensive. The editor and contributors successfully integrate clinical and legal perspectives on significant topics, including rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. This knowledge base enables clinicians to work more effectively with clients experiencing sexualized violence, to prepare for involvement in cases as a witness or expert, and to advocate for reforms to the law. Should be required reading for all social workers working with clients who have experienced sexual violence."--Robert G. Madden, LCSW, JD, Social Work Program, St. Joseph College