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.

Family Violence in the United States: A Community and a Country Respond

Family Violence in the United States: A Community and a Country Respond

Family violence in the United States: A community and a country respond
MarceeMetzger and BobMoyer

In the United States, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the 2010 survey findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over a year, this equals more than 12 million men and women. One in four women (24%) and one in seven men (13.8%) in the United States have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some time in their lifetime (Black et al., 2011).

Family violence is a major problem in the United States. Policy and programmatic responses to family violence have ...

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