This thorough exploration of the major types of family violence details the range of abusive behaviors perpetrated within family systems. Case vignettes effectively illustrate these events, and the victims' experiences and perceptions of the abuse. Chapters delineate: the reasons why various types of abuse continue to occur; how different types of violent behavior may be treated; and suggestions for prevention. In addition, the author provides definitions of terms, summaries, valuable references and additional suggested readings.
Chapter 3: Partner Abuse
Mr. and Mrs. W, both age 42, have been married for 8 years. They reside in a large metropolitan community located in a western state. Mr. W has been employed as a foreman in a large lumber business that sells building materials to local contractors. He has been steadily employed by this company for the past 18 years, having worked his way up from being a yard hand to foreman. Mrs. W works part-time as a cashier at a local supermarket. Mr. W has two children from his previous marriage, 16-year-old twins, who live with his former wife but for whom he is financially responsible. Mrs. W has a 10-year-old son from her previous marriage who lives with them along with the ...