Family Violence in the United States takes an ecological approach to examining violence and abuse within the context of families. Easy-to-read chapters are organized by exploring the “Scope of the Problem”, definitions of key terminology, predictors, and consequences of different forms of maltreatment. Attention is paid to larger social systems that can contribute to abuse, as well as community, relationship, and individual predictors of both perpetration and victimization. Additionally, there is an emphasis on both prevention and intervention of family violence at various levels of the ecological model. Authors Denise A. Hines, Kathleen Malley-Morrison, and Leila B. Dutton help students explore what family violence is and the reasons why it happens. Their approach covers contemporary and controversial topics across the lifespan, including maltreatment of male partners by women, of parents, within sexual minority relationships, and on college campuses. This 3rd edition is filled with chapter-opening cases to prompt discussion within the classroom as well as considerations of context and application in the larger community. Rich in scholarly references and case materials, it is suitable for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals alike.

Maltreatment in Sexual Minority Relationships

Maltreatment in sexual minority relationships

Susan tells us this about her abusive partner’s behavior: “screaming really loud and she would call me stupid, she would tell me I’m fat and just always hit on the things that really hurt, you know. For the first year there wasn’t any physical violence. She was very controlling as far as sexually. She had to always be the one to initiate and it was when she wanted. That’s when we would have sex. After the physical abuse started happening she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And typically it was after there had been—like after she had hit me. At first she would just bitch and bitch and bitch until I finally was like ...

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