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.

Issues in the Definition of Family Violence and Abuse

Issues in the definition of family violence and abuse

Consider this case: On June 29, 2018, Katrina Coursey, 21, and Terrell Lloyd, 27, of Weatherford, Texas, were indicted for endangering a child following a Child Protective Services (CPS) report of child abuse. According to reports,

Coursey admitted to using methamphetamine daily and hourly in front of her children .… according to the probable cause affidavit. “At this time Coursey was pregnant with her second child, which was born [later]. Coursey’s live-in boyfriend is Lloyd. It is suspected that he also uses methamphetamine in the presence of children,” according to the affidavit. “[CPS] recently received positive results indicating [the child] had methamphetamine in her system.” Coursey and ...

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