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NCJ Number: 135872 Find in a Library
Title: Adult Victims of Domestic Violence: Battered Women
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1992)  Pages:87-120
Author(s): M D Pagelow
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 34
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research update reviews the literature on woman battering during the past decade to provide a synopsis of some of the selected works that offer the greatest assistance to activists, practitioners, and researchers in the field.
Abstract: Beginning with a brief discussion of some theoretical perspectives, the report then reviews research on battered women and the medical field, law enforcement, the legal system, homicide, marital rape, and child custody. Summaries following each of these topics focus on changes that have occurred due to the research findings. The last section critically examines some popular myths and stereotypes about spouse abuse; it shows that research has largely failed to support them. The topics encompass psychopathology of victims and offenders, dangers for police in their response to domestic violence incidents, the battered husband syndrome, mutual combat, and the cycle of violence. Topics suggested for additional research are the battering of pregnant women, the abuse of physically or developmentally handicapped spouses, the role of religion, and the new phenomenon of battered women losing custody of their children to their abusers because of their "failure to protect" the children from their own fathers. 13 notes and 177 references
Main Term(s): Battered wives
Index Term(s): Child custody; Family homicide; Police policies and procedures; Spousal Rape; Victim medical assistance
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