Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice

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Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice

Format:  Hardcover,

184 pages

Edition: 2008

Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9781433802393

ISBN-10: 1433802392

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Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice presents an in-depth, multidisciplinary look at society's responses to domestic violence. Though substantial reforms have been made in the services available to battered women since the 1970s, the book shows how the public and private systems available to victims of domestic violence are still failing to meet the needs of the women who seek help. Using a feminist perspective, authors Lisa Goodman and Deborah Epstein explore and critique the current available services in three different arenas: the domestic violence advocacy community, the mental health profession, and the justice system. In recent years, the options available to battered women have expanded dramatically. However, these reforms have been made at the expense of the contextualized, women-centered focus that was once at the heart of the anti-domestic violence movement. The authors argue that a renewed focus on the principles of the early feminist movement-for example, listening to individual women's voices, promoting supportive communities, and facilitating economic empowerment, could result in substantial progress in efforts to protect and counsel battered women. A series of concrete recommendations for improvements in the advocacy, mental health, and justice systems are also discussed. Researchers interested in the field of violence, gender studies, psychology of women, mental health trauma, or family law, as well as practitioners working with the victims of intimate partner violence, will find this book to be a valuable resource in their efforts.

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Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
Publish Date: Oct 2007
ISBN-13: 9781433802393
ISBN-10: 1433802392
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 184
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.34 x 0.81 x 9.11

Chapter outline

The Need for Continued Reform: The Broad Scope and Deep Impact of Intimate Partner Violencep. 7
The Advocacy Responsep. 29
The Mental Health System Responsep. 49
The Justice System Responsep. 71
ACritical Analysis of System Responses: The Importance of Voice, Community, and Economic Empowermentp. 89
Recommendations for Future Reformp. 111

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Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice presents an in-depth, multidisciplinary look at society's responses to domestic violence. Though substantial reforms have been made in the services available to battered women since the 1970s, the book shows how the public and private systems available to victims of domestic violence are still failing to meet the needs of the women who seek help. Using a feminist perspective, authors Lisa Goodman and Deborah Epstein explore and critique the current available services in three different arenas: the domestic violence advocacy community, the mental health profession, and the justice system.

In recent years, the options available to battered women have expanded dramatically. However, these reforms have been made at the expense of the contextualized, women-centered focus that was once at the heart of the anti-domestic violence movement. The authors argue that a renewed focus on the principles of the early feminist movement-for example, listening to individual women's voices, promoting supportive communities, and facilitating economic empowerment, could result in substantial progress in efforts to protect and counsel battered women.

A series of concrete recommendations for improvements in the advocacy, mental health, and justice systems are also discussed. Researchers interested in the field of violence, gender studies, psychology of women, mental health trauma, or family law, as well as practitioners working with the victims of intimate partner violence, will find this book to be a valuable resource in their efforts.

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