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Heavy Hands : An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence

Heavy Hands : An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence - 2nd edition

Heavy Hands : An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780130940964

ISBN10: 0130940968

Heavy Hands : An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence by Denise Kindschi Gosselin - ISBN 9780130940964
Edition: 2ND 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
International: No
Heavy Hands : An Introduction to the Crimes of Family Violence by Denise Kindschi Gosselin - ISBN 9780130940964

ISBN13: 9780130940964

ISBN10: 0130940968

Edition: 2ND 03

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For undergraduate-level courses in Domestic Violence, Domestic Crimes, Family Violence, and Sociology of Domestic Violence in departments of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Sociology.

This text explores both the causes, consequences, and prevalence of domestic violence and the positive law enforcement response. Using a socio-legal approach--with emphasis on the practical criminal justice perspective--it will help both instructors with no field experience and educators with professional backgrounds to effectively meld together the theory and practice of domestic violence for students of the social sciences. It focuses on all forms of domestic violence perpetrated in a variety of gender, age, and orientation relationships.

Features :

  • NEW--Internet exercises--Now included.
  • Provides students with the opportunity to keep pace in this rapidly changing field.
  • NEW--All chapters have been updated.
  • Gives students current statistics within the field of family and intimate violence.
  • NEW--Chapters 6 to 10 have been reorganized.
  • Assures instructors of greater ease of use and student comprehension.
  • NEW--Expanded definitions of violence.
  • Provides students with a broader definition of violence.
  • NEW--Historical section added.
  • NEW--Expanded discussion on why victims stay.
  • Offers students insight into this subject.
  • NEW--Updated information on the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Provides students with information on current legislation.
  • NEW--Expanded discussion on the Minneapolis experiment and subsequent studies.
  • NEW--Expanded section on the consequences of child violence.
  • Allows students to understand effects of violence against children.
  • NEW--Information on adolescent victims, murder-suicide, and stalking.
  • Provides students with thorough coverage.
  • Prevalence rates--Included for the United States and selected countries around the world.
  • Helps students understand the wide range and depth of domestic violence as a major social concern, nationally and internationally.
  • Theories of causation and victimization.
  • Introduces students to familiar criminological categories to help them better understand the causes of domestic violence and to prepare them to deal with these situations as law enforcement professionals.
  • Consistent terminology is used for the crimes of domestic violence.
  • Explains and defines the common terms associated with domestic violence to give students a solid base for communicating with precision about specifics.
  • Contemporary view--Offered on the criminal justice experience with diverse forms of domestic violence and populations.
  • Introduces students to the full range of contemporary domestic violence: dating violence, sibling abuse, rape and incest, child and elder abuse and neglect, male battering, lesbian and gay violence, and violence against women.
  • The myths about both victims and offenders are explored.
  • Disproves myths about domestic violence scenarios and shows how women and men, the elderly and children, heterosexuals and homosexuals all can be perpetrators and victims as well.
  • The legal resources for victims are discussed.
  • Explains the forms of protection available through the criminal and civil legal avenues within the criminal justice system and methods of accessing these resources.
  • Emphasis on the positive law enforcement response.
  • Teaches students of the ideal law enforcement response to domestic violence, and warns them of common mistakes while offering positive alternatives.
  • Examination of crime identification and investigation.
  • Shows students how to apply vigorous investigative techniques to crimes of domestic violence affecting both the elder and child populations.
  • In-depth discussion of the effects of family violence and witnessing family violence in children.
  • Shows students the connection of family victimization to juvenile delinquency and other social problems.

Author Bio

Gosselin, Denise Kindschi : Western New England College

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Violence in the Family.
2. A Global View of Family Social and Legal Relations.


3. Theories on Family Violence.
4. Survivors and the Consequences of Victimization.


5. Dynamics of Partner Violence.
6. Recognizing Child Abuse.
7. The Identification of Elder Abuse.


8. Legal Responses.
9. The Role of the Police.
10. Law Enforcement Response.
11. Associated Major Crimes: Stalking and Homicide.


12. Research on the Internet.