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NCJ Number: 200424 Find in a Library
Title: Vilification of the "Batterer": How Blame Shapes Domestic Violence Policy and Interventions
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:May-June 2003  Pages:259-281
Author(s): Ken Corvo; Pamela J. Johnson
Editor(s): Vincent B. Van Hasselt; Michel Hersen
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 23
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores ways in which the “vilification of the batterer” has influenced research, policy, and intervention in the field of domestic violence.
Abstract: In achieving greater clarity with respect to those labeled as “batterers” and determining what is effective and what is not in terms of interrupting and preventing abusive behavior within the context of the family, it is necessary to disentangle issues of blame, stigma, and censure from issues of etiology, intervention, and outcome and challenge the notion that vilification of perpetrators is necessary to advocate for those victimized by violence. This article explores the cycle of violence and the predestination and inevitability of batterin; the feminist theory; consequences of vilification in relation to research, policy, and practice; and the rethinking of redemption. Consciously choosing not to participate in the vilification of domestic violence perpetrators is a difficult path with the current trends within the field. However, it may bring individuals closer to a fuller understanding of the phenomena of domestic violence, as well as the development of effective intervention and prevention strategies. Appendix and references
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Family offenses; Victims of violent crime; Violence; Violent offenders
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