The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

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Twenty years ago, no one recognized wife assault as a social problem. It was ignored in academic texts. It went unrecorded by police forces. Men were rarely arrested for beating their wives. Only shelter workers seemed aware of the magnitude of the problem. The women's movement was responsible' for bringing family violence into public awareness, and in 1975 the pioneering work of sociologist Murray Straus showed us how commonplace it really is.

Psychologists, such as Lenore Walker in her classic book The Battered Woman, have done an excellent job of describing the psychology of the woman tangled in the complex web of abusiveness, but there has been great resistance to developing a psychology of batterers. If such a psychology were found, it was believed, it would somehow absolve the abusers inexcusable behavior and consequently deflect efforts at sociopolitical change to diminish wife assault.

What few attempts there were to study batterers often seemed . . .

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