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Family Violence: A Canadian Introduction

Second Edition

By Julianne Momirov and Ann Duffy

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Family violence is hard for most people to understand. The fact that we are more likely to be killed or assaulted by family members than anyone else seems incredible. Yet for many Canadians the family is a dangerous place, far from the haven of love and security that we would like to believe.

In this book, sociologists Julianne Momirov and Ann Duffy explore the many forms that violence can take, from physical abuse to emotional deprivation. The victims, the theories, and the factors increasing risk are all clearly presented. Policies and programs which would address this issue -- from personal intervention to institutional reforms -- are also outlined.

This new edition incorporates up-to-date statistical information on the prevalence of family violence. It reports on recent initiatives to find more successful ways to respond to the needs of victims and to rehabilitate the perpetrators.

This is the definitive Canadian book for anyone wanting to learn more about this disturbing phenomenon.

Chapter I
Understanding Family Violence from a Societal Perspective
Family: Haven or Nightmare
Applying a Social Perspective
The Violence of Society
The Study of the Family and Violence
Definitions and Measurement
Chapter 2
Violence Against Women in Intimate Relationships

The Experience of Abuse
Naming the Violence
The Name Game Today
Dimensions of the Violence
Patterns Within the Violence
(i) Gender
(ii) Age, Class, Race, Ethnicity
(iii) Alcohol and Drug Use
(iv) Three Other Key Factors
Chapter 3
Children Denied Childhood: Child Abuse

The Experience
Naming the Issue: From Spanking and Slaps to Torture and Murder
The Changing Historical Construction of Abuse
Mapping the Dimensions of the Problem
Social Patterns of Child Abuse
(i) General
(ii) Gender
(iii) Social Class, Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 4
Sibling, Parent, Adolescent and Elder Abuse

Sibling Abuse
The Experience
Naming the Issue

Adolescent Abuse
The Experience

Parent Abuse
Elder Abuse
The Experience
Naming the Isse
Characterization Of the Elderly
Living Arrangements
Detection of Abuse
Conflict Factors/Potential for Abuse
Profiles of Caregivers/Abusers

Chapter 5
Looking for Explanations: Exploring Theoretical Perspectives

The Social Reasons for Violence
Ways of Thinking
The Liberal Democratic Perspective
The Role of the Media
Psychological, Sociological, and Feminist Theories
Why Do Men Batter?
Psychological and Social Psychological Explanationns
Sociological Theories
Feminist Theories

Why Do Abused Women Stay?
Psychological and Social Psychological Explanations
Sociological Theories
Feminist Theories

Why Do Parents Abuse Their Children?
Mainstream Theories and Models
Feminist and Other Approaches

Why are Siblings, Adolescents, Parents and Elders Abused?
Why Do Siblings Abuse One Another?
Why Do Parents Abuse Adolescents?
Why Do Children Abuse Their Parents?
Why Do Elders Become Victims of Abuse?

Looking for Solutions

Woman Abuse
Personal Interventions: Counselling and Related Strategies
Institutional Reforms: Criminal Justice Responses
Societal Changes: Feminist Initiatives

Child Abuse
Personal Interventions: Counselling and Therapy
Institutional Solutions: Social Welfare and Criminal Justice
Societal Changes: Education and Politics

Elder, Parent, Sibling and Adolescent Abuse
Community Support and Counselling Services

Chapter 7
Some Concluding Thoughts


"This is a fascinating look at a situation that affects almost everyone in one way or another--as a family member or as a professional dealing with family violence."

- Halifax Daily News

"This clearly-written and jargon-free book will be of particular interest to students of sociology, women's studies, and psychology."

- Anna Leslie Canadian Book Review Annual

"This is the kind of book that should be compulsory reading for every family member in Canada...the content--and the very important questions it reaises about family violence--is an excellent step toward getting this topic out in the open where it belongs."

- Trish Hennessy Hamilton Spectator

"Family Violence is essential reading for anyone seeking an in-depth sociological understanding of one of Canada's most pressing social problems."

- Walter DeKeseredy Journal of Sociology

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
Publication Date: 11th October 2011
ISBN: 9781552779026
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Paperback, 238 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9781550285826
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 288 pages
Publication Date: 24th June 2014
ISBN: 9781552779033
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  SOC018000, SOC026010, SOC028000, SOC032000, SOC060000
Imprint: Lorimer


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