Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition (Contemporary World Issues)

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9781851097791: Domestic Violence: A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition (Contemporary World Issues)

This thoroughly revised second edition is an examination of domestic violence from social, legal, and historical perspectives.


· A chronology that stretches from 753 BCE, when Romulus, the founder of Rome, formalized the first "law of marriage" to January 2006, when President George W. Bush signed the third reauthorization of the 1994 Violence against Women Act

· Illustrations include the power and control wheel (a model in the form of a wheel that explains the dynamics of domestic violence), the ecological theory of battering, and the characteristics of the victim as illustrated by the World Health Organization

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Domestic violence is a problem that often remains unseen, hidden behind the walls of the family home. Yet it occurs in all segments of society—in all economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious groups. Its psychological and sociological complexities make it hard to face and even harder to understand.

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Domestic violence is a problem that often remains unseen, hidden behind the walls of the family home. Worldwide, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In 2001, more than half a million American women were victims of nonfatal domestic violence. The psychological and sociological complexities of domestic violence make it hard to face and even harder to understand, yet it occurs in all segments of society—in all economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious groups.

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Margi Laird McCue is adjunct instructor in the Women's Studies Department at Portland State University, Portland, OR.

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