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PRAISE FOR THE FIRST EDITION:

“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 ...

The Main Problem Is Underreporting Child Abuse and Neglect
The main problem is underreporting child abuse and neglect
DavidFinkelhor

No, child abuse is not overreported. The evidence suggests that large numbers of seriously abused and neglected children are still not coming to the attention of child protective authorities. To remedy this, professionals and members of the public need to be sensitized to recognize and report child abuse. If, in concert with these increased reports, child protective authorities improve their triage and investigatory skills and expand their treatment services, we may get closer to identifying and helping all the children at risk.

When the mandatory reporting system was first established in the United States in the 1970s, few people fully envisioned the results. In 1976, an estimated 669,000 cases ...

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