Private Violence and Public Policy
The needs of battered women and the response of the public services
First published in 1985, this is the first published study of violence in the family to be aimed directly at people whose professions bring them into contact with domestic abuse victims, as well as those training for those professions. It documents the problems faced by women with violent husbands and discusses how the needs of these women and of their children can best be met.
The first part of the book reports the results of original research carried out by the editor. The second part of the book is concerned with the response of the law, the police, social services, housing departments and health services. The third part draws on the conference at which this research was presented, and offers recommendations for the future, in terms if better practice and of broad social and economic changes.
This book will be of interest to students of social work, health care, medicine and law, as well as those studying social policy, sociology and women’s studies.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I: Violent husbands and abused wives: a longitudinal study Jan Pahl; 2. Introduction to the study 3. Marital violence and marital problems 4. Marriage and marriage breakdown 5. Becoming a one-parent family 6. The search for help; Part II: Helping the abused woman and her children; 7. The legal background Stephen Parker 8. The police response to violence against women in the home Tony Faragher 9. The response of social workers to domestic violence Mary Maynard 10. The contact between battered women and social and medical agencies R. Emerson Dobash, Russell P. Dobash and Katherine Cavanagh 11. Refuges and housing for battered women Val Binney, Gina Harkell and Judy Dixon; Part III: Conclusion Jan Pahl; 12. Implications for policy and practice; Notes on contributors; Bibliography; Index