Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies

Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies

Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies

Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies

Synopsis

Public awareness regarding the life-threatening nature and intense traumatic impact of domestic violence has substantially increased in the past decade. At the same time, dramatic changes have taken place regarding criminal justice and social work policies and practices applied to domestic violence intervention. And while the prevalence of domestic violence has declined slightly, national estimates still indicate that every year, approximately eight million women are abused, battered, stalked, or killed by their husbands, boyfriends, and other intimate partners. Featuring cutting-edge research and expert intervention strategies, the Handbook of Intervention Strategies with Domestic Violence: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies is designed to prepare professionals to swiftly and compassionately meet the multiple needs of women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. This original and indispensable volume focues on the numerous advances in legal remedies, program developments, treatment protocols, and multidisciplinary perspectives. It is a comprehensive guide to the latest research, public policies, and legal and criminal justice responses, covering federal and state legislation as well as trends in police and court responses to domestic violence. This is the first book to include court-based technology developments and new research related to the duration and intensity of woman battering. Highlighting actual cases and promising programs, the handbook also addresses important social work issues, including risk assessment protocols, a new five level continuum of woman battering, intervention methods, and treatment models. This book also examines the myriad legal issues and health problems facing the most neglected and vulnerable battered women. Written by expert practitioners and leading scholars in the field, the book's 23 chapters provide rich insights into the complexities and challenges of addressing domestic violence.

Excerpt

In this new millennium, the pendulum has finally swung in the direction of full federal and state funding for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Public attitudes of attorneys, judges, legislators, mental health counselors, nurses, physicians, psychologists, and social workers recognize the pervasive nature of domestic violence. Althoughprofessionals continue to searchfor solutions to the horrendous problem of domestic violence, and there are no easy answers, this handbook documents the latest and most promising intervention strategies.

There are two primary goals of this volume. The first is to offer the reader the latest and most advanced legal and criminal justice practices, risk assessment and advocacy practices, program developments, social services, and mental health treatment responses to domestic violence survivors and their children. The second is to offer the reader case illustrations and case applications and detailed information on how to advocate for and intervene on behalf of battered women.

This handbook offers an examination of the most promising and effective policies, programs, intervention strategies, and legal remedies for dealing withdomestic violence. Several important policy reforms, risk assessment protocols, and program developments have taken place during the 1990s and 2000. At the beginning of the 21st century in October 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the second Violence Against Women legislation into law.

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