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This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.

Intrafamilial Violence and Social Vulnerability: A Glimpse of the Reality in Brazil
Intrafamilial violence and social vulnerability: A glimpse of the reality in Brazil
Luisa FernandaHabigzang,JeanVon Hohendorff, and Silvia H.Koller

Brazil is the fifth biggest country in the world, with 8,547,403 square kilometers. It is located in South America and was colonized by the Portuguese in the beginning of the 16th century, but the country has many other influences (e.g., African, German, Italian). Because of this, the Brazilian population is considered very diverse. The majority of the 190 million inhabitants are white and parda (a mix of black and white), live in urban areas (34%), and are literate (almost 83%; Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, 2010). As in all countries of the world, violence is a ...

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