1st Edition

Responding to Family Violence A Comprehensive, Research-Based Guide for Therapists

    480 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    480 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The comprehensive theory- and research-based guidelines provided in this text help answer the personal and professional questions therapists have as they provide competent clinical treatment to clients who have experienced family violence. It presents academic, scholarly, and statistical terms in an accessible and user-friendly way, with useful take-away points for practitioners such as clarifying contradictory findings, summarizing major research-based implications and guidelines, and addressing the unique clinical challenges faced by mental health professionals. Both professionals and students in graduate-level mental health training programs will find the presentation of information and exercises highly useful, and will appreciate the breadth of topics covered: intimate partner violence, battering, child maltreatment and adult survivors, co-occurring substance abuse, the abuse of vulnerable populations, cultural issues, prevention, and self-care. Professionals and students alike will find that, with this book, they can help their clients overcome the significant traumas and challenges they face to let their strength and resilience shine through.

    Overview of Family Violence and a Research-Based Approach to Responding to It
    Part I: Intimate Partner Violence
    Intimate Partner Violence: Background and Overview of Response Systems
    Guidelines for the Assessment of Intimate Partner Violence
    Instructions for Assessing Intimate Partner Violence
    Treatment for Intimate Terrorism
    Treatment for Situational Couple Violence
    Treatment for Children Who Witness IPV
    Part II: Child Abuse
    Childhood Physical Abuse
    Childhood Sexual Abuse
    Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect
    Part III: Vulnerable Populations
    Abuse of Vulnerable Populations: The Elderly and Disabled
    Part IV: Other Specific Clinical Challenges
    Adult Survivors of Abuse
    Family Violence and Comorbid Substance Abuse
    Family Violence and Cultural Issues
    Prevention, Outreach, and Advocacy
    Addressing Ethical Challenges Family Violence-Related Mental Health Practice
    Self-Care for the Mental Health Professional
    The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Ending Family Violence


    Christine E. Murray, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She is also the Program Director for the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women in the UNCG Center for Women’s Health and Wellness.

    Kelly N. Graves, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Services at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT), and the Executive Director of the NCAT Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness.

    “This highly readable volume covers incredible breadth in a handbook for trainees and clinicians facing the pervasive problems of family violence. It provides important clinical context to understanding research findings and recommendations in family violence, particularly violence between intimate partners, that is rife with safety issues and major sequela, often overlooked in clinical practice education.”Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, Associate Director, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and Center for Child & Family Health, Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina