Violence in the Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Violence in the Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Violence in the Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Violence in the Home: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Synopsis

Violence in the home is one of the most damaging and widespread of social problems. It is an issue that cuts across all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, and age boundaries. It takes many forms, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse as well as neglect. This important book reviews the most current theoretical explanations of family violence and then links theory to practice. It looks at the systems and institutions that interact with families, which are mandated to provide protection and services, and explores the current debates surrounding family violence and public policy. In addition, Kurst-Swanger explores the role of power in abusive relationships and considers the short- and long-term consequences of abuse. This insightful book will be a practical resource for professionals and of interest to all those concerned with the far-reaching impact of family violence.

Excerpt

This volume brings together the scholarly research and professional experience of numerous disciplines on violence in the home. This book examines the complex, multidimensional phenomena of family violence, taking a unique approach to defining family. We take special care to include the most up-to-date research available from different perspectives. We draw on the empirical findings from many different scholarly perspectives, including medicine and public health, law enforcement, law, social work, psychology, counseling, public policy, human development, religious studies, sociology, and veterinary science. We balance theoretical perspectives with practical dimensions while documenting the struggles practitioners are faced with. Current debates in the field are highlighted. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of family violence and the challenges of the practitioner.

Many of the chapters open with real stories of abuse or neglect, told from unique perspectives. Our intention is to point out the social impact that violence in the home has on victims, offenders, and the entire community. Violence in the home affects all of us. This book will confront you in many ways, regardless of your personal experience with abuse or neglect. We hope your journey ends with a commitment to get involved and to become part of the solution.

This book is divided into three main parts. The first two chapters provide an overview of the problem of family violence and the theoretical explanations for the prevalence of abuse and neglect. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the problem of violence in the home, framing definitions of family and family violence. We include a discussion of multidisciplinary perspectives and introduce some common themes that have been identified in abusive families. We conclude this chapter with an exploration of the role of cultural factors in the reinforcement of abusive behaviors and provide you with some specific examples to stimulate your thinking about how important culture is to our everyday lives and behaviors. Chapter 2 documents . . .

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