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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 ...

Family Preservation Is the Safest Way to Protect Most Children
Family preservation is the safest way to protect most children
  • In Orange County, California, an impoverished single mother can't find someone to watch her children while she works at night, tending a ride at a theme park. So she leaves her eight-, six-, and four-year-old children alone in the motel room that is the only housing they can afford. Someone calls Child Protective Services. Instead of helping her with baby-sitting or day care, they take away the children (Saari, 1999).
  • In New York City, a former boyfriend assaults the pregnant woman carrying his child. She already has separated from him and has even bought a plane ticket to take her and the baby to the other side ...
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