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  • Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
    Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
  • Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
    Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
  • Family Violence : Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
    Family Violence : Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
  • Family Violence : Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives
    Family Violence : Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives


Examines the entire spectrum of family violence, focusing on social processes and social relationships.


The seventh edition of Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson is a comprehensive introduction to the study of family violence that guides readers to a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing or eliminating violence. The six major topics are: domestic partner abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, physical and psychological abuse, identifying when abuse occurs, and discussing the effects of the various types of abuse or violence.


Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Understand the facets of family violence.
  • Discuss how violence may be reduced or eliminated.
  • Identify how each major type of abuse impacts the social and law enforcement agencies that are involved.

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Author Biography

Paul Harvey Wallace was a Professor in the Criminology Department, California State University, Fresno.  He served as chair of the department of criminology.  During his tenure as Chair, the departments embarked on a number of innovative programs.  He was the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno from 2003 to 2005. 

Professor Wallace received a Jurist Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law, an MPA from Golden Gate University and a BS in Criminology from California State University, Fresno. 


He was considered a subject matter expert by the U.S. Department of Justice in Family Violence and Victimology.  He is the author or co-author of nine college tests and has published in a number of referred and scholarly journals as well as presented his research at a variety of international and national conferences.  Professor Wallace is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California and his professional experience includes appointment as the City Attorney of the City of Fresno, service as the County Counsel for the County of Butte, private practice in a media law firm and experience as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, California.


In 2008, the Northern California Mock Trial Regional were renamed the Harvey Wallace Northern California Mock Trial Regional in memory of Harvey Wallace..


Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D is an Emeritus Professor at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. Until recently, he was managing editor of the international journal, Police Practices and Research and prior to that was Editor in Chief of the Professional Issues in Criminal Justice Journal. Cliff/s prior academic assignments include Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys, and Director, Justice Center, California State University, Fresno.


Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate; and Director of the Military Law Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. Other legal employment experiences include Trial Supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice and judge pro-tem in the California courts. Educational background includes: Ph.D. in Human Behavior, U.S. International University; L.L.M., in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry, George Washington University; J.D. American University; B.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri; and one year of post-graduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.


In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of Professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Cliff Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based on his publications and their relevance to the profession [See Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 6, issue 1, 2009]. He has authored or co-authored over 50 books and texts.


Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Characteristics and Consequences of Family Violence

Chapter 2 Physical Child Abuse

Chapter 3 Child Sexual Abuse

Chapter 4 Child Neglect

Chapter 5 Sibling Abuse

Chapter 6 Ritualistic Child Abuse

Chapter 7 Professionals and Their Response to Child Abuse

Chapter 8 Child Exploitation

Chapter 9 Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence

Chapter 10 The Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Abuse and Relationship Violence

Chapter 11 Elder Abuse

Chapter 12 Special Populations and Family Violence

Chapter 13 Sexual Violence

Chapter 14 Stalking

Chapter 15 Victims’ Issues

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