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Women at Risk
Domestic Violence and Women's Health


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Domestic Violence

© 1996 | 286 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Battering by men is the most significant cause of injury to women in our society. It is also a major cause of child abuse, murder, substance abuse and female suicide attempts. This volume, the result of 15 years of research conducted by the authors - a social worker and physician respectively - explores the theoretical perspectives of this dramatic expression of male domination, together with health consequences for women and clinical interventions.

The authors found that the traditional resources women turn to for help reinforce male domination: the medical, psychiatric and behavioural problems presented by battered women arise because male strategies of coercion, isolation and control converge with discriminatory structures and institutional practices to make it extremely difficult, sometimes impossible, for women to escape from abusive relationships. Stark and Flitcraft argue for a political space to be opened up within families, communities and the economy - a space where male coercion is simply not tolerated.

 
PART ONE: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
 
Medicine and Patriarchal Violence
 
Imagining Woman Battering
Social Knowledge, Social Theory and Patriarchal Benevolence  
 
PART TWO: HEALTH CONSEQUENCES
 
Women and Children at Risk
A Feminist Perspective on Child Abuse  
 
Killing the Beast Within
Woman Battering and Female Suicidality  
 
Preventing Gendered Homicide
 
PART THREE: CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS
 
Personal Power and Institutional Victimization
Treating the Dual Trauma of Woman Battering  
 
Clinical Violence Intervention
Lessons from Battered Women  
 
Discharge Planning with Battered Woman
 
Physicians and Domestic Violence
Challenges for Prevention  

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