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Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family Paperback – April 30, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412805910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412805919
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Because of the pioneering work of these authors, we know that battered children become battering parents, that violent criminals were usually abused as children and that the dimensions of family violence are wider than we had ever imagined."--New York Times Book Review

"It is important to keep before us the ideal of a society in which violence has no place in families, and this book is a good reminder."--Christian Science Monitor

"It is a happily notable exception when professionals in such disciplines are masters of the art of lively writing." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"The most complete report to date on the issue of child abuse and other expressions of family violence."--Journal of Social Welfare

About the Author

Murray A. Straus is the founder and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory, and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been president of the National Council on Family Relations and two other scientific societies. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Beating The Devil Out Of Them: Corporal Punishment in American Children; Understanding Partner Violence: Prevalence, Causes, Consequences, and Solutions; and Stress, Culture, and Aggression. In addition he has written over two hundred articles on the sociology of the family, South Asia, and rural sociology.



Richard J. Gelles is dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he holds the Joanne T. and Raymond H. Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence. He is the author of The Violent Home: A Study of Physical Aggression Between Husbands and Wives, Family Violence, and Behind Closed Doors: Violence in the American Family.
 


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TucsonShopper on September 9, 2014
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There are thousands of shelters in the U.S. for women and even thousands for our pets, but not a single independent shelter just for men (and no federal funding). The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware Country, PA (where I grew up) was the first to campaign to assist victims of both genders but that only meant they were one of the first to allow mothers with teenage boys to find assistance as most still see 12-18 year old teenage boys as members of the "almost clinically and psychologically dead" (as per Dr. Helen Caldicott) "foreign male element." Many states claim to help men somehow but not a one can provide any data on the number served. England built their first men's shelter in 2003 after 423 shelters (now 7,500) had been built for women (forced to open in secret due to fear of violent protests). All public funding for men's shelters in England (like most countries), however, have since been pulled as men are now told to go to women's shelters (a 2008 House of Commons report claimed there was no need or desire for male-only shelters with the issue only being distorted by a deep-seated contempt for women). Battered men around the world are routinely told to go to homeless shelters (what, no possibility of ingrained contempt for men?). A few countries like Holland, Serbia, and Switzerland have set aside funds for battered men shelters but they are scarce and underfunded compared to homes for battered women. Most men are still waiting for their country's first governmentally supported refuge. We must identify the violence done by women against men, see it as a serious social problem, and face the reality domestic violence is more likely mutual or female-initiated and so our public service announcements and federal service funding urgently need to be de-gendered.Read more ›
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