Violence Against Women: Myths, Facts, Controversies
Published: February 2011© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 192 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
192 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.52 in
In Violence Against Women, award-winning author Walter S. DeKeseredy offers a passionate but well-documented sociological overview of a sobering problem. He starts by outlining the scope of the challenge and debunks current attempts to label intimate violence as gender neutral. He then lays bare the structural practices that sustain this violence, leading to a discussion of long- and short-term policies to address the issue. DeKeseredy includes an examination of male complicity and demonstrates how boys and men can change their roles. Throughout, he responds to myths that dismiss threats to women's health and safety and provides an impassioned call to action for women, men, and policymakers.
- What is Violence Against Women?
- It Often Hurts to be a Woman in Canada
- “But Women Do It Too!” Understanding Women’s Use of Violence in Intimate Relationships
- “Who Would Do Such a Thing?” Explaining Violence Against Women in Canada
- Why Can’t Abused Women Leave Home?
- The Consequences of Violence Against Women
- “What Can We Do?” Policy Options
Renowned criminologist Walter S. DeKeseredy provides a comprehensive and compelling examination of violence against women in a jargon-free accessible format. He debunks myths, summarizes research findings, challenges backlash and misplaced assumptions about battering, answers common questions, and offers policy recommendations. A must-read for anyone who cares about stopping violence against women—students, practitioners, scholars, policymakers, and the public. Susan L. Miller, University of Delaware
DeKeseredy's brief but powerful book is a timely and accessible look at violence against women. One of the world's leading researchers in woman abuse, he tackles the complex issue in a straightforward and provocative manner, offering educators an important tool for engaging students and the public in discussions on the harms caused by, and the solutions to, this most urgent of social problems. Janice Du Mont, Research Institute, Women's College Hospital, Toronto