Information Plus Violent Relationships 2001 : Battering and Abuse Among Adults

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  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Gale Group

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Abuse of Women---A Worldwide Tradition
Domestic violence is a centuries-old phenomenon that occurs in almost every society-and is accepted in many. This chapter traces the history of wife abuse and compares traditions from different societies, including the United States
Spousal Abuse---Who, What, and When?
Using statistics from the landmark National Violence Against Women Survey and other important studies, this chapter attempts to draw a general profile of spousal abuse. The shifting definition of spousal abuse is discussed, and various abuse trends are explored by such demographics as race, ethnicity, income, and same-sex relationships
The Causes of Wife Abuse
The causes of spousal abuse are numerous and varied, and many of them are explored here. Also discussed are intergenerational abuse, risk markers and predictors of violence, and the importance of such factors as victim-offender relationship, age, marital status, income, race/ethnicity, and learned gender roles
The Effects of Abuse---Why Does She Stay?
One of the most commonly asked questions about abused women is, ``Why do they stay in the relationship?'' Citing research from different studies on the subject, this chapter attempts to answer that very complex question. It also discusses resources and strategies that women use to cope with or escape abusive relationships
Rape and Sexual Harassment Around the World
This chapter explores two of today's most highly charged issues: rape and sexual harassment. Among the topics discussed here are the varying definitions of, and approaches to, rape; the different types of rape, including marital rape and acquaintance rape; the increasing popularity of ``date rape drugs,'' such as Rohypnol and GHB; shifting definitions and perceptions of sexual harassment; and sexual harassment; and sexual harassment in the military and the federal workplace
Treatment for Male Batterers
Reducing domestic violence is nearly impossible without changing the behavior of the batterer. That premise is the focus of this chapter, which explores different abuser types; varying approaches to batterer intervention; and program-dropout and recidivism rates
Abuse and the Judicial System
The judicial system's attitude toward spousal abuse has improved dramatically in the past 20 years, and some of the results are discussed here. Also discussed are the factors involved in reporting and prosecuting cases of domestic abuse; the police response to domestic violence calls; the effectiveness of arrest in deterring future domestic assault; protective orders; stalking; and several landmark court cases that emphasized the responsibility of the judicial system to protect battered women
When Wives Kill Their Husbands
As this chapter points out, when a women commits murder, it is often against a male intimate. Among the topics covered here are courts' increasing leniency toward abused women who kill their husbands; factors that influence this form of murder; and legal issues that often affect the outcome of the trial, such as self-defense, equal force, and imminent versus immediate danger
Violence Against the Elderly
Abuse of the elderly is a sinister phenomenon that is only now getting the attention it deserves. This chapter explores the different types of elder abuse; who commits the abuse, and why; the problems inherent in gathering data about violence against the elderly; and the government's landmark National Elder Abuse Incidence Study
Causes and Issues of Elder Abuse
This chapter delves into the causes of elder abuse. Some of the issues covered here include the stresses involved in caring for the aged; self-neglect and spousal abuse among the elderly; and abuse in nursing homes
Important Names and Addresses 127(2)
Resources 129(2)
Index 131

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