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The field of Domestic Violence research has expanded considerably in the past decade and now includes work conducted by researchers in many different disciplines, notably political science, public health, law, psychology, sociology, criminology, anthropology, family studies, and medicine. The SAGE Handbook of Domestic Violence provides a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field, organized by relationship type. The handbook addresses the three major areas of research on domestic violence: (1) Violence against partners; (2) Violence against children; and (3) Violence against other family members. This Handbook is a unique and timely publication and a long awaited, valuable resource for the vast amount of Domestic Violence research centres and individual researchers across the globe. Part 1: Men's Violence Against Women; Part 2: Women's Violence Against Men; Part 3: Violence Against Partners in Homosexual Relationships; Part 4: Mothers' Violence Against Children; Part 5: Father's Violence Against Children; Part 6: Other Circumstances of Neglect, Abuse, and Violence Against Children; Part 7: Violence Against Siblings; Part 8: Violence Against Parents; and Part 9: Violence Against Other Family Members.

Mothers’ Non-Lethal Physical Abuse of Children
Mothers' non-lethal physical abuse of children
Christina M. Rodriguez

Many children experience physical maltreatment at the hands of one of their central attachment figures – their mothers. One of the most common forms of child maltreatment, physical abuse in the United States entails intentional physical acts that result in child injury (US Department of Health & Human Services [DHHS], 2019). Although the official definition includes physical abuse that simply ‘could’ have caused injury (DHHS, 2019: 111), many child protective services (CPS) in the United States require visible evidence of physical injury apparent 24 hours after the incident. The intentional quality of physical abuse differentiates it from unintentional injury of children (e.g., through neglect) although mothers ...

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