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This fascinating investigation into what makes abusive men tick is alarming, but its candid handling of a difficult subject makes it a valuable resource for professionals and victims alike. Bancroft, the former codirector of Emerge, the nation's first program for abusive men, has specialized in domestic violence for 15 years, and his understanding of his subject and audience is apparent on every page. "One of the prevalent features of life with an angry or controlling partner is that he frequently tells you what you should think and tries to get you to doubt or devalue your own perceptions and beliefs," he writes. "I would not like to see your experience with this book re-create that unhealthy dynamic. So the top point to bear in mind as you read [this book] is to listen carefully to what I am saying, but always to think for yourself." He maintains this level of sensitivity and even empathy throughout discussions on the nature of abusive thinking, how abusive men manipulate their families and the legal system and whether or not they can ever be cured. Jargon-free analysis is frequently broken up by interesting first-person accounts and boxes that distill in-depth information into simple checklists. Bancroft's book promises to be a beacon of calm and sanity for many storm-tossed families.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bancroft, a former codirector of Emerge, the first U.S. program for abusive men, and a 15-year veteran of work with abusive men, reminds readers that each year in this country, two to four million women are assaulted by their partners and that at least one out of three American women will be a victim of violence by a husband or boyfriend at some point in her life. His valuable resource covers early warning signs, ten abusive personality types, the abusive mentality, problems with getting help from the legal system, and the long, complex process of change. After dispelling 17 myths about abusive personalities, he sheds light on the origin of the abuser's values and beliefs, which he finds to be a better explanation of abusive behavior than reference to psychological problems. Bancroft extends his approach to problematic gay and lesbian relationships as well, making the book that much more useful and empowering. This is essential reading for those in the helping professions and highly recommended for all libraries, especially those in communities with emergency shelter programs. Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Well researched, eye-opening, thorough examination of the subject.Published 3 days ago by L. L. Adams
Every person involved in a domestic violence situation should read this book.Published 9 days ago by A. Frost
Highly recommend for females, not so much for males (in a group setting).Published 11 days ago by Jackie Roberts
I'm not usually comfortable writing long book reviews. I will say that this book changed my life. I cried, I heaved, I had physical responses to many passages in this book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by KGranieri
Wow. Not enough space here to write how much this book brought so much clarity and understanding (about others and myself), presented with a non-judgmental, non-victim approach. Read morePublished 14 days ago by GA Sweet T
This book gives an in depth look at abusive relationships that helps one understand the dynamics of abuse from all perspectives and how to approach abuse in relationships. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. Agibinik
Very knowledgeable. I appreciate the author's writing style. It goes through everything: the who, what, when, where, how, and why. I really appreciate this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Stephanie Pierre