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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.

Chapter 38: Religious Practices That Have Contributed to a Culture of Secrecy Regarding Child Sex Abuse in Five Religious Organizations

Religious Practices That Have Contributed to a Culture of Secrecy Regarding Child Sex Abuse in Five Religious Organizations
Religious practices that have contributed to a culture of secrecy regarding child sex abuse in five religious organizations
Marci A. Hamilton
Introduction

Numerous institutions in the United States have had systems that permitted widespread child sexual abuse. The institutions have spanned wide swaths of the country including universities, public and private schools, youth-serving organizations, sports organizations, and many religious entities. This phenomenon of covering up child sex abuse has featured common factors including those in positions of power protecting offending adults at the expense of numerous children, treating harm to children as collateral damage to the organization's standing and reputation, and ignoring clear warning ...

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