A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse
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|Format:||Paperback, 320 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 15 October 2009|
In this groundbreaking book, Linda Millsfeminist, scholar, activist, and survivorchallenges the prevailing orthodoxies and maps out a plan to change domestic abuse treatment programs. Drawing on case studies and research from her abuse prevention programs, Mills reveals that intimate abuse is far more complex than we realize, and develops a program for healing that engages everyone caught up in a violent dynamic. Essential reading for therapists, couples, public health experts, and members of the criminal justice system, Violent Partners outlines a breakthrough approach to a major social problem.
From the establishment of the first shelter (1974) to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (1994), domestic violence has become a more visible social problem. Mills, a lawyer and social worker who founded the Center on Violence and Recovery at New York University, raises the question of whether the resulting criminalization of domestic violence has actually made America safer. She concludes that it has not and marshals an impressive array of relevant research, realistic case studies, and personal experience to support her view. Early chapters cover the history of the "battered women's movement," the origins and dynamics of intimate abuse, and surprising racial and cultural differences. Because the problem is so complex, she argues that new treatments are needed, especially in cases where couples wish to stay together. Furthermore, traditional approaches favored by activists may even exacerbate the problem. The restorative justice model she espouses ("Circles") relies on couple and group encounters deemphasizing shame and guilt. Research comparing the success rates of the various batterer intervention programs is obviously needed. The ideas are highly controversial, yet this book is authoritative, reasonable, and easy to grasp. Strongly recommended for social work and criminal justice collections.--Antoinette Brinkman, MLS, Evansville, IN Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Basic Books|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.42 kg)|