Violence Against Women: Myths, Facts, Controversies
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.
- Division: Higher Education
- World Rights
- Page Count: 192 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
ReviewsRenowned 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
Author InformationWalter S. DeKeseredy is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has written extensively on issues of gender, violence, and rural crime. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Criminology Division on Critical Criminology.
Table of contents
- 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
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