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NCJ Number: 97305 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in the Home - A Public Problem (From Rape and Sexual Assault, P 61-69, 1985, Ann W Burgess, ed. - See NCJ-97300)
Author(s): M H Lystad
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses (1) the incidence of domestic violence; (2) causal studies pertaining to the psychological needs of the violent person, the social situation in which violence occurs, and the norms and values which sanction the violence; (3) intervention measures that have been used; and (4) prevention strategies.
Abstract: Although reports on the incidence of domestic violence vary, it is clear that the problem is significant enough to warrant immediate attention. Psychological problems in the offender or in family relationships, social factors such as the family power structure and the offender's social position in society, and cultural factors relating to male dominance in society have all been implicated as causal factors. The literature on intervention notes the need for a range of professional and community-based resources for early identification and treatment. These include legal, health, mental health, and social services. Many treatment models have been described. Prevention measures recommended include special help to families with members who are mentally ill or abuse substances, educational programs to teach youth about family functioning and child care, and interpersonal networks for nuclear families. Other recommended measures are parent education and education of teachers in the rights and responsibilities of children in social and physical interactions. Other needs are the liberation of women and men from rigid sex roles, increasing employment of those who want to work, the sensitization of parents to their children's need for a positive self-image, and a reduction of the portrayal of violence in the media. Forty-seven references are listed.
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention training; Child abuse situation remedies; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Intervention
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Reprinted from Urban and Social Change Review, V 15 (1982), P 21-25.
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