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.