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“These essays are exemplary in conceptualization, organization, and delivery. The messages are crystal clear, the readability superb. This book stands as a model of editorial excellence. The design of the volume is unique and responds well to a clear need in the subdiscipline of family violence, which remains fraught with diversity and dissention…. This piece of work is honest and effectively illuminates the growing pains of a very young and ideologically loaded subdiscipline that is anchored by an interdisciplinary and heterogeneous collection of smart people. Current Controversies on Family Violence is a powerful addition to the family violence literature. I recommend it as required reading for family violence courses. Gelles and Loseke are to be commended for their excellent idea, their ...

Association Is Not Causation: Alcohol and Other Drugs Do Not Cause Violence
Association is not causation: Alcohol and other drugs do not cause violence
Richard J.Gelles and Mary M.Cavanaugh

The “demon rum” explanation for violence and abuse in the home is one of the most pervasive and widely believed explanations for family violence in the professional and popular literature. Addictive and illicit drugs, such as cocaine, crack, heroin, marijuana, and LSD, are also considered causal agents in child abuse, wife abuse, and other forms of family violence.

That alcohol and substance abuse may be related to, or may directly cause, family violence is not a new idea. William Hogarth's etching Gin Lane, done in the early 1700s, presents a graphic visual portrayal of the abuses and neglect that ...

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