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NCJ Number: 99569 Find in a Library
Title: Chain Chain Change
Author(s): E C White
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 84
Sponsoring Agency: Seal Press
Seattle, WA 98121-1028
Sale Source: Seal Press
3131 Western Avenue
Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98121-1028
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet, written primarily for black women, provides information on domestic violence, the psychology of wife abuse, the effects of domestic violence on children, and how to find help in coping with and ending the problem of abuse.
Abstract: Chapter 1 describes the characteristics of abused women and abusive men and the cultural traditions that historically have oppressed women. Chapter 2 discusses the special experiences of the black woman in a society that is both sexist and racist, as well as the importance of discussing domestic violence and other problems in the black community. The next chapter outlines the effects of wife abuse on children and the potential risks to them, and the negative messages they receive in a violent household. Subsequent chapters detail how police, medical professionals, attorneys, shelter, family and friends, counselors, support groups, and the church can help the abused woman put an end to violence in her life. Included is information on police procedures and reports, obtaining protection orders, benefits of using the legal system, choosing an attrney, the benefits of prosecution, and courtroom procedures. The final chapter reiterates and emphasizes the importance of the individual as her own best resource. A glossary of terms used in domestic violence criminal cases and listings of suggested readings and resources are included.
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Black/African Americans; Court procedures; Crime Causes; Domestic relations; Police policies and procedures; Services
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