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International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse
A Cognitive Ecological Approach

ISBN 9780805842463
Published May 27, 2004 by Routledge
560 Pages

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Book Description

In this book, in which definitions and examples of abuse from men and women from every continent and a very diverse set of backgrounds are considered. The volume provides information on the extent to which family violence is a recognized problem in each country, research findings available on different forms of family violence, and information on governmental responses to family violence. Finally, the value of an international human rights approach to abuse and violence in families is considered.

The book presents an unparalleled international coverage, addressing all forms of family violence in Australia and at least two countries from every other continent. Each chapter begins by describing the cultural context in which family violence and abuse take place. These sections emphasize the role of women and children in the country. Providing a multitude of voices, each chapter includes fascinating and often dramatic definitions and examples of abuse from ordinary citizens of the country. The concluding chapter elaborates on the appropriateness of a human rights approach in addressing family violence cross-nationally and cross-culturally; and provides an excellent integration of much of the material from the previous chapters.

The book is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in psychology and sociology, as well as pre-professionals and professionals in medicine, law, and social services. It has strong relevance and value to individuals training in counseling (counselor education) and clinical psychology. Because of its readable style and extensive use of quotations from citizens of the countries studied for the book, it may also appeal to a much broader audience, including a lay audience.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Context. K. Malley-Morrison, Introduction. Part II: Western Europe. A.M. Hauksdóttir, S. Gestsdóttir, Iceland. E. Donovan, England. M.T. Santos, A.E. Mercurio, Portugal. S. Borrelli, T. Palumbo, Italy. E. Leembruggen-Kallberg, S. Ruprecht, D. Cadmus, Germany. Part III: Central and Southern Europe. A. Fastenko, I. Timofeeva, Russia. G. Stathopoulou, Greece. A. Yalçinkaya, Turkey. Part IV: The Middle East. M.A. Ashy, Saudi Arabia. O. Pagovich, Israel. L. Sheridan, G. Ghorayeb, Lebanon. Part V: Africa. N. Scruggs, Somalia. R. Fourie, South Africa. Part VI: Asia and the Pacific. S. Chawla, India. M. Arai, Japan. M. Jang, M-S. Kim, Korea. H-P. Liu, Taiwan. N.E-V. Nolido, Republika ng pilipinas, the Philippines. D. West, Australia. Part VII: Latin America. K. Powell, Nicaragua. W. Bezerra-Flanders, Brazil. S. Abramzon, Colombia. Part VIII: North America. I.J. Dookie, Canada. K.A. Rapoza, United States. Part IX: Conclusion. M.D. Patterson, Human Rights.

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"Each chapter contains qualitative data with "voices" - personal definitions and examples of family violence and abuse."

"Malley-Morrison has edited one of the most comprehensive international writings on this subject that this reviewer has ever read....This book is a 'must read' for any professional seeking to understand current family violence issues from an international perspective. Essential."

"Each chapter contains qualitative data with 'voices' - personal definitions and examples of family violence and abuse."

Family Therapy

"...this book masterfully recentralizes the role of culture in understanding, treating, and preventing family violence....The result of an ambitious project, the book highlights constructions of  family violence in 24 countries, spanning seven regions of the world. This text offers the first comprehensive international overview of family violence and it serves as an important tool for developing interventions and research efforts."
Psychology of Women Quarterly

"This book is an excellent desk reference for those who do research and want more information about the macro- or microsystems in various countries. It is invaluable for those who design interventions to prevent and protect abuse victims. It is an important source of information for practitioners treating women and children who have emigrated from these countries to the United States and Western Europe. Most of all, it gives us hope that perhaps in the next generations, we really will be able to live as a global and nonviolent family."