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Abused and Battered

Social and Legal Responses to Family Violence, 1st Edition

Edited by Dean Knudsen

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248 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Preface

Introduction: Some Fundamental Issues

PART I. CONCEPTUALIZATION AND EMPIRICAL STUDY

1. Family Violence Research: Some Basic and Applied Questions
JoAnn L. Miller

2. Physical Violence in American Families: Incidence Rates, Causes, and Trends
Murray A. Straus

3. Public-Health Conceptions of Family Abuse
Jacquelyn C. Campbell

4. Variations in Defining Family Mistreatment: A Community Survey
Stephen W. Webster

5. Criminal-Justice Processing of Violent and Nonviolent Offenders: The Effects of Familial Relationship to the Victim
Sharon D. Herzberger and Noreen L. Channels

PART II. EFFECTS OF VICTIMIZATION

6. An Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse and Consequent Victimization: Some Implications of Telephone Surveys
John E. Murphy

7. The Mixed Roles of Social Support and Social Obstruction in Recovery from Child Abuse
Diana Gurley

8. The Admissibility of Expert Testimony on the Battered-Woman Syndrome
Debra F. Kromsky and Brian L. Cutler

PART III. SOCIAL RESPONSES TO FAMILY VIOLENCE: BATTERERS AND THEIR VICTIMS

9. The Outcome of Participation in a Shelter-Sponsered Program for Men Who Batter
Richard M. Tolman and Gauri Bhosley

10. Removal of the Perpetrator versus Removal of the Victim in Cases of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse
Patricia Ryan, Bruce L. Warren, and Peggy Weincek

11. Perceptions of Verbal Aggression in Interspousal Violence
Teresa Chandler Sabourin

PART IV. LEGAL RESPONSES TO FAMILY VIOLENCE

12. Police Classification of Domestic-Violence Calls: An Assessment of Program Impact
Richard K. Caputo

13. Legal Responses of Prosecutors to Child Sexual Abuse: A Case Comparison of Two Countries
Bruce K. Mac Murray

14. Family Violence and the Courts: Implementing a Comprehensive New Law
Elanor Lyon and Patricia Goth Mace

15. Improvising the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual-Abuse Cases: Research Findings, Questions, and Implications for Public Policy
Debra Whitcomb

16. Preventing and Provoking Wife Battery through Criminal Sanctions: A Look at the Risks
David A. Ford

References

Index

About the Series

Social Institutions and Social Change Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General