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“Women at Risk brilliantly recasts the debate about violence against women and makes a major contribution to feminist thinking about women's health. Practitioners and theorists who want to understand women's health issues from a stunning new perspective must read this book.” --Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, DC “Women at Risk is a unique and important blend of research, practice, and advocacy. This volume makes a significant contribution to the health care profession's understanding of violence against women. This is a long-awaited book by two major scholars and practitioners in the field of violence against women.” --Richard J. Gelles, Ph.D., Director, Family Violence Research Program, University of Rhode Island “Women at Risk is a thought-provoking investigation of the violence that may bring women to emergency departments with injuries or suicide attempts. It challenges assumptions that patriarchy causes violence against women and that women are passive victims. And it dares to acknowledge violence by women. It goes beyond a plea for awareness of violence and outlines steps that hospital staff can follow to identify, care for, and advocate for battered women. Evan Stark and Anne Flitcraft strongly affirm the status of wife assault as a public health issue.” --N. Zoe Hilton, Ph.D., Mental Health Center of Penetanguishene, Ontario Filled with groundbreaking research, Women at Risk challenges current explanations of domestic violence and argues that reframing health in terms of coercion and violence is key to the prevention of some of women's most vexing problems. Presenting major findings of studies conducted over 15 years, authors Evan Stark and Anne Flitcraft maintain that the medical, psychiatric, and behavioral problems exhibited by battered women stem from a so-called “dual trauma,” in which the coercive strategies used by their partners converge with discriminatory institutional practices. This timely volume explores the theoretical perspectives as well as health consequences of woman abuse and considers clinical interventions to reduce the incidence of homicide, child abuse, substance abuse, and female suicide attempts associated with battering. In addition, the authors progressively promote the notion of “shelter” not as a facility or service, but as a political space to be opened within families, communities, and the economy--a space where toleration for male coercion ends. Medical professionals, mental health practitioners, social workers, and researchers, as well as advanced students in health, psychology, or the social sciences, will find this compelling volume a thorough resource.

Physicians and Domestic Violence: Challenges for Prevention
Physicians and domestic violence: Challenges for prevention

In 1985, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop convened an unprecedented workshop on violence and public health. This conference, which focused on the use of traditional public health tools to understand violence in epidemiological terms, marked a turning point in the involvement of public health officials with domestic violence. Shelters for battered women had sprung up around the country during the 1970s, focusing the awareness of lawmakers, service providers, and researchers on the problems of women victimized by domestic violence. Not until this historic meeting, however, did an articulated strategy emerge to address violence as a public health problem. This strategy encompassed prevention and intervention tools, which then were disseminated to the public ...

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