Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Synopsis

When most people think of domestic violence, images of battered women or abused children come to mind. But there is another side to this issue that is not as familiar - abused men. This unique book is the first to comprehensively examine this important but neglected social issue. Author Philip Cook directly challenges common assumptions about how men and women behave in society. Already praised by a diverse spectrum of readers - from "Dear Abby's" Abigail Van Buren, to the nation's leading domestic violence researcher, to those in law enforcement and counseling - this work is sure to spark controversy and discussion. It offers gripping, emotional stories, self-help for victims, provocative insight into public issues, and presents a practical approach for reducing domestic violence.

Excerpt

This book is a first. There have been a number of published research articles regarding men who have been physically abused by their domestic partners and a few books with chapters on the subject, but no previous book has focused on this issue in a comprehensive way. Even those who do not have a personal interest in male spousal abuse probably know someone who does. Beyond the main issue, I have also examined official and media reaction and have viewed the tactics to silence academic inquiry as well as the social assumptions about the common behaviors of men and women. I have attempted to examine a wide range of public policy and to gather scattered research into one place. The cumulative results of this scientific study will likely astonish many readers. Social workers, attorneys, therapists, sociologists, criminologists, and other professionals are heard from in this book. It will provide assistance for helping professionals in their efforts to deal with a problem that must become more widely recognized.

It is important for the victims to know that they are not alone. I hope to help them by sharing the stories of real people from diverse sections of society. This book will probably generate controversy. My hope, however, is that it will contribute to a rational discussion of a generally ignored area of domestic violence. Simply put, domestic violence in any form, by either gender, is wrong. How victims, perpetrators, helping professionals, and society in general deal with any such violence is the real issue. If we ignore one kind of violence and implicitly maintain that it should be ignored, other kinds of violence become more acceptable.

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