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This text offers a balance of clinical and social psychological theory and research, as well as prevention and intervention techniques with the purpose of understanding and ultimately ending gender-based violence.
Draws on the collective experiences and insights of many individuals, and in particular from the implementation of the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women in over 10 countries. Twenty years ago, violence against women was not considered an issue worthy of international concern. Gradually, violence against women has come to be recognized as a legitimate human rights issue and as a significant threat to women's health and well-being. Now that international attention is focused on gender-based violence, methodologically rigorous research is needed to guide the formulation and implementation of effective interventions, policies, and prevention strategies. The manual has been developed in response to the growing need to improve the quality, quantity, and comparability of international data on physical and sexual abuse. It outlines some of the methodological and ethical challenges of conducting research on violence against women and describes a range of innovative techniques that have been used to address these challenges.
Between 1993 and 2003, more than 370 girls and women were murdered and their often-mutilated bodies dumped outside Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, Mexico. The murders have continued at a rate of approximately thirty per year, yet law enforcement officials have made no breakthroughs in finding the perpetrator(s). Drawing on in-depth surveys, workshops, and interviews of Juárez women and border activists, Violence and Activism at the Border provides crucial links between these disturbing crimes and a broader history of violence against women in Mexico. In addition, the ways in which local feminist activists used the Juárez murders to create international publicity and expose police impunity provides a unique case study of social movements in the borderlands, especially as statistics reveal that the rates of femicide in Juárez are actually similar to other regions of Mexico. Also examining how non-governmental organizations have responded in the face of Mexican law enforcement's "normalization" of domestic violence, Staudt's study is a landmark development in the realm of global human rights.
This reference offers the nuanced understanding and practical guidance needed to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in diverse religious communities. Introductory chapters sort through the complexities, from abusers' distorting of sacred texts to justifying their actions to survivors' conflicting feelings toward their faith. The core of the book surveys findings on gender violence across Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Eastern, and Indigenous traditions--both attitudes that promote abuse and spiritual resources that can be used to promote healing. Best practices are included for appropriate treatment of survivors, their children, and abusers; and for partnering with communities and clergy toward stemming violence against women. Among the topics featured: Ecclesiastical policies vs. lived social relationships: gender parity, attitudes, and ethics. Women’s spiritual struggles and resources to cope with intimate partner aggression. Christian stereotypes and violence against North America’s native women. Addressing intimate partner violence in rural church communities. Collaboration between community service agencies and faith-based institutions. Providing hope in faith communities: creating a domestic violence policy for families. Religion and Men's Violence against Women will gain a wide audience among psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals who treat religious clients or specialize in treating survivors and perpetrators of domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, rape, or human trafficking.
Controversial and forward-thinking, this volume presents a much-needed analysis of restorative justice practices in cases of violence against women. Advocates, community activists, and scholars will find the theoretical perspectives and vivid case descriptions presented here to be invaluable tools for creating new ways for abused women to find justice.
Why do men batter their wives? How do women define their experiences of violence? Does a relationship exist between wife abuse and child abuse? What responses do medical authorities have toward wife abuse? A first of its kind, this provocative volume brings together a well-known group of academicians, activists, and clinicians from a variety of disciplines who approach these questions from a distinctly feminist perspective. Their research is based upon the premise that gender inequality is the source of violence against women, and that the social institutions of marriage and family are special contexts that may promote, maintain, and even support men's use of physical force against women. In addition, they critically analyze lay and academic theories of wife abuse in order to develop theories that more accurately reflect the experiences of women. "Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse. . .has a number of strengths. It challenges most explicitly the ideology of the safe home, offers excellent critiques of the methodology of family-violence research, and considers the politics of research. It is the only book under review that gives as much attention to the question of why men assault as it does to how women respond. It also emphasizes methods, clinical practice, and how to bridge research and practice. . . .I especially recommend Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse for courses on methods. I have used it there with great success." --Gender & Society "Must be on the bookshelf of every serious thinker in the family violence area." --Richard J. Gelles, University of Rhode Island "Neatly balanced between research and practice, this volume addresses the challenge of how we can maintain a feminist perspective in our work with battered women. The major strength of this book is its self-reflective nature. The book goes beyond critiques by addressing the complexity of bringing feminism into research and practice and presenting ways in which it can be dealt with. It also demonstrates the great rewards that result from addressing this complexity, rather than trying to manage it or ignore it." --AFFILIA "All researchers, clinicians, and advocates concerned with wife abuse should consider the questions and issues raised by this volume." --Violence and Victims "This is a well-written book. Many of the contributors are well-known researchers in the area of family violence. The volume is also amazingly coherent for an edited book. Each of the chapters complements the others, and there is little overlap of material. Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse is highly recommended." --Contemporary Psychology "For clinicians, this book offers strong messages with an emphasis on empowerment of women, suggesting that women are not simply helpless victims but are able to make their own decisions with appropriate intervention strategies. Furthermore, this book has shown the integration between feminist theories and practice. The current trend toward the battered women's shelter movement and various domestic abuse intervention programs is demonstrated as a result of strong advocates whose interests correspond with feminist philosophies and beliefs. . . . This book delivers strong messages to everyone who is concerned about and involved in wife abuse and challenges current perspectives on wife abuse." --Sociological Inquiry "Valuable resource for teaching and research. It would be appropriate for courses in research methods, feminist theory, criminology, social work, or upper-level courses on family violence." --National Women's Studies Association "This [book] shows how good an anthology can be." --Isis "Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse is a thought-provoking and valuable anthology of feminist research and activism as they relate to the study and eradication of wife abuse. As the title implies, this book does not join in the current movement of tiptoeing around the issue of wife abuse by erroneously referring to it as spouse abuse, domestic violence, or family violence. On the contrary, this is a collection of fifteen excellent contributions by feminist women and pro-feminist men who are not afraid to offer truly feminist perspectives on male violence against their intimate partners. . . .The two chapters most relevant to community psychologists address how psychological test can misdiagnose and\or misrepresent the experiences of women with abusive partners. . . .In short, Feminist Perspectives on Wife Abuse is thought provoking and challenges the reader to examine her or his motives and biases, to put theories into practice to create lasting social change, and to work collaboratively with grassroots activists who bring their own expertise and skills to the task of ending male violence against women." --The Community Psychologist
This cutting-edge volume advances theories, methodologies and policy analyses relating to various forms of violence against women. Topics covered include: the nature, importance and variety of cultural contexts in which violence occurs, is reproduced and may be challenged or changed; the nature and variety of sexualized violence; and a range of theoretical perspectives on perpetrators of violence. Taking an interdisciplinary focus on issues that affect community and state responses, the book includes individual accounts, and incorporates themes related to authority, sexual proprietariness, asymmetry of violence, socialization, patterns and deviations of victims and offenders, and social and cultural contexts.

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