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Rethinking Domestic Violence


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PrefaceAcknowledgments1 The History of Spouse Assault2 Nested Ecological Theory3 Measurement and Incidence of Abuse4 Theories of Wife Assault: Psychiatric Contributions5 Feminist and Sociobiological Explanations for Intimate-Partner Violence6 The Gender Debate and the Feminist Paradigm7 The Domestic Assault on Men8 Victims, Causes, and Effects9 The Social Psychology of the Perpetrator10 Subtypes of Perpetrators11 The Cycle of Violence and the Abusive Personality12 Relationship/Interactionist Explanations13 The Failure of Criminal Justice Intervention Policy14 Risk Assessment15 Treatment Policy Issues16 Treatment: The Next Step17 Rethinking the Response to Domestic ViolenceNotesIndex

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This rethinking of the fundamentals of intimate partner violence touches on social and clinical psychology, sociology, psychiatry, and criminology to advocate for new approaches in dealing with domestic violence.

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Donald G. Dutton teaches in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has written extensively on the subject of domestic violence.


This comprehensive book does an extraordinary job of reviewing the literature regarding all aspects of domestic violence ... Dutton provides an in-dept theoretical discussion that gives the reader an overview of research (both practical and applicable) on offending and victim behaviour. He also assesses policy implications and provides a range of risk assessment tools, information that is critical for working with this population. But what sets this book apart from other resources is Dutton's skill at offering a meta-analysis approach that is accessible. Everyone interested in domestic violence issues or treating domestic violence problems should read this book. -- D.A. Mathews * Choice, vol. 44, no. 4 *
Wow! What a breath of fresh academic air! Canadians, once informed by this truly remarkable study, will never be able to view their 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms the same way. Finally, an intellectually rigorous, superbly comprehensive, and lucidly written analysis of the Cabinet's, the Department of Justice's, the Supreme Court's, and Parliament's coordinated governance concerning all Charter rights. -- Michael D. Behiels * Canadian Public Policy - Analyse de Politiques, vol. XXXII, no. 3, 2006 *

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