Battered Women's Protective Strategies Stronger Than You Know

ISBN-10: 0199873658

ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Edition: 2014

Authors: Sherry Hamby

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This provocative book challenges the pervasive stereotypes that depict battered women as passive and presents an alternative strengths-based framework. Battered women are not passive and in denial; they act to protect themselves and their loved ones in many ways. Many women who experience abuse are facing numerous other risks, such as the risk of homelessness or the threat of losing custody of their children in a divorce battle. Understanding the full range of risks is necessary to understanding the complex problem of battering. Using an approach called Multiple Criteria Decision Making, this book outlines a procedure for comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning and risk management. One key step is recognizing all of the protective strategies that battered women routinely use. Quantitative, qualitative, and clinical data reveal a wide range of protective strategies: immediate defensive responses in the moments following an attack, protecting children and other loved ones, reaching out for social support, turning to religious and spiritual resources and engaging formal helpseeking. There are many, many strategies that are still largely invisible to providers and researchers-steps women take that receive very little attention or acknowledgement in the domestic violence field. In two new studies, survivors of domestic violence identified 133 different protective strategies in open-ended questions. These and other insights from survivors are included throughout the book. This book shows how to use the strength of battered women to create better and more nuanced research and intervention.
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/29/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

About the Author
Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women
A Holistic Approach to the Complex Problem of Battering
Protective Strategies in the Context of Battered Women's True Risk Burden: The Multitude of Risks Batterers Can Create
Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping
Social Issues, Practical Concerns, and Personal Values that Influence Coping Strategies
Immediate Situational Strategies
Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and Pets
Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management
Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources
Using Formal Services
Invisible Strategies
Bringing a More Holistic Approach to Services and Tools for Intervention
Conclusion: Recognizing Protective Strategies Can Create Progress
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