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  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (January 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006014582X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060145828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,143,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic, early work that defined "the cycle of violence" and "learned helplessness" theories that are now debated by some in the field. Walker is best known for her "battered woman syndrome" defense of women who kill their abusers.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A major contribution to this subject. She is thorough, practical, compassionate, and authoritative. It is a reading must." -- Phyllis CheslerA

"A sensible, cpmpassionate, feminist book." -- --New York Times

"A sensible, cpmpassionate, feminist book." -- New York Times

"Adroitly describes and documents the behavior syndrome that glues together a charming but violence-prone man and a loving woman in a guilt-ridden cycle." -- Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
I agree with both previous reviewers in that the book does lack extensive references. The point, though, is that this was a seminal work when it was published in 1979. The cycle theory of violence had not been clearly articulated prior to this book. Walker also worked on developing the idea of learned helplessnes in victims of domestic violence. Both theories are important and although psychologists and DV advocates have since expanded on both and developed new ideas, Walker's ideas still have a place in the history of the development of an understanding of battered women's lives and experiences. I would recommend it as a good starting point in a reader's search for an understanding of domestic violence. Since then, more authoritative texts based on more extensive and better-documented research have been published, but The Battered Woman serves it's instructive purpose well. It provides the shock value and pain that a reader must experience in order to begin to understand the full impact of DV upon its victims.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ogiepili@aol.com on November 24, 1997
Format: Paperback
The book, "Battered Women" by Lenore Walker offered a unique insight into the horrifying conditions that battered women had to endure in abusive relationships. Plenty of statistics, facts and figures were provided, but references and citations were almost non-existent. Worse still, there was no bibliography and this reader was left to "figure out" where the statistics came from.
Readers should not draw generalizations from the book either, since all information in the book regarding battered women were taken from a selected group and was therefore not representative of a random sample from which unbiased, objective generalizations could be made.
The book would make ideal "awareness" literature, but given its shortcomings, the book should not be used as "scholarly" reference.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JK on October 29, 2010
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Walker has attempted to explain how battering incidents occur, what a battered woman is, how one gets out of a battering relationship, and why there are battering relationships in society. Although Walker does a thorough job answering these questions, her work has been in print thirty-one years. Thus, it caused me as a reader to question the relevance of her work at the present time. If Walker's work is relevant to today, is her Cycle Theory of Violence relevant as well?

First of all, The Battered Woman has been in circulation since 1979. This has caused me to dismiss the book to some degree as irrelevant to the twenty-first century. Instead, I viewed Walker's work more as a breakthrough in understanding violence in relationships in the 1980's. I read the book more as an historical record. Walker indicates, "Some observers, including myself, estimate that as many as 50 percent of all women will be battering victims at some point in their lives" (ix). After this estimation, any reader will naturally assume that since 1979 there has been much progress in eliminating the battering problem; therefore, today's battering incidents must be at their lowest rates. Surprisingly, according to asafeplaceforhelp.org, "7% of women (3.9 million) are physically abused by their partners, and 37% (20.7 million) are verbally or emotionally abused," so the total number of women abused every year should be 43% (24.6 million). In this light, the battering problem as a whole still appears to remain large to this day, and Walker's book continues to offer insight and vital understanding about this problem.

Secondly, after establishing that Walker's work on the subject of abuse of women continues to be relevant to today's society, since the battering problem continues to prevail.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA on June 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
...especially since even now the leading cause of women going to emergency rooms in the U.S. is domestic violence. Having worked as a counselor in the DV field for some years, I've seen the damage done and know it to be vastly underestimated, statistically and otherwise, even now. Walker led the charge against the kind of denial and victim-blaming that would claim the entire mess--which amounts to nothing less than terrorism in the home--is some kind of mistake, miscommunication, family problem, or lie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By moviewatcher on February 10, 2013
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I was abused by various individuals in my life. I married an abuser. Lenore's book helped me with a turning point in my life many years ago. I had to buy it again and read it. WIsh all the abuse in the world would stop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DVhurts on August 1, 2007
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I read this book in 1983. It was the ONLY book that addressed this subject available in the San Francisco Public Library at that time. I remember thinking "Someone actually wrote a book about what is happening to me?" As I read it, it rang so true in many ways, that it gave me the strength to make my Plan and eventually escape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4OURGODIS on May 30, 2013
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This Book gives insight to the Character Traits of the Batterer and Traits they are.As I transitioned from being Battered it also aided me in healing. I recommend this book to all who have a willingness to be Healed and who are seeking to begin dating again. ABUSE=ABNORMAL USE and is DISEASE that can no longer remain hidden as though it does NOT exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By msred2u42 on February 19, 2013
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Super glad I bought this book. Very good information, book was in perfect condition and highly recommend to all, thank you!
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