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NCJ Number: 157980 Find in a Library
Title: Family Violence and Religion: An Interfaith Resource Guide
Corporate Author: Volcano Press, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 314
Sponsoring Agency: Volcano Press, Inc
Volcano, CA 95689
Publication Number: ISBN 1-884244-10-6
Sale Source: Volcano Press, Inc
P.O. Box 270
Volcano, CA 95689
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book provides information and resources to help clergy understand family violence and respond appropriately to it in the context of both secular awareness and religious concerns.
Abstract: Thirty-one chapters and an epilogue focus on various aspects of family violence, including violence against women by male partners, the abuse of elderly persons in the home, and child abuse. In the opening chapter, a pastor outlines a basic approach to counseling an abused woman who asks for help, including advice on the limitations of pastoral counseling in an abuse case. This is followed by a letter from a battered wife that profiles her ordeal and the failure of her attempts to obtain help from her pastor, doctors, a friend, the police, and a family guidance agency. A table then lists the various aspects of physical, sexual, financial, verbal, and emotional abuse in the family. A presentation of myths and facts about domestic violence is followed by a review of elements to be considered when evaluating the life-endangering potential in a domestic violence situation. Other topics considered are the prevalence, outcomes, and policy implications of violence against women by male partners; guidelines for talking to abusive husbands; a checklist for identifying a battering relationship; why battered women return to an abusive relationship; the role of alcohol abuse in domestic violence; Asian-American patriarchies; and an African-American perspective of battered women. Also discussed are spousal abuse in rabbinic and contemporary Judaism, the Christian abused woman, Hispanic-American battered women, the corporal punishment of children, and a biblical and theological perspective of the transformation of suffering. Chapter notes
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Child abuse; Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Elder Abuse; Filial violence; Religion; Religious programs
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