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Representing an entirely new approach to domestic violence interventions, this book is based on data accumulated by the authors over the past 12 years from a series of qualitative studies and clinical practice with battered women and their batterers.

The Violent Event: From Violent Incidents to Violent Rituals
The violent event: From violent incidents to violent rituals

Attempting to understand violent events is a complicated and tricky business for the researcher and the clinician, as well as for the actual participants. In our research, as no less than in our clinical work, we found that such attempts were met with resistance on the part of those participants who systematically suppressed all evaded memory of the violence because of emotional and cognitive difficulties. Survivors and perpetrators are faced with a seemingly contradictory task. On the one hand, violence presents them with a distorted and ugly image of themselves and their partners, which they feel a need to reject. On the other hand, violence induces a need ...

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