Battered Womens Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know

Hardcover | December 13, 2013

bySherry Hamby

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Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know challenges the pervasive stereotypes that depict battered women as passive and shows how to use the strength of battered women to create better and more nuanced research and intervention. Through an alternative strengths-basedframework, Hamby deftly illustrates how battered women are in fact not passive and in denial but are active and diligent in protecting themselves and their loved ones. In addition to the traditional risks of being battered, many women who experience abuse face the risk of homelessness or the threatof losing custody of their children in a divorce battle. Understanding the full range of risks is necessary to understanding the complex problem of battering, and in this book, quantitative, qualitative, and clinical data reveal a wide range of protective strategies: immediate defensive responses inthe moments following an attack, protecting children and other loved ones, reaching out for social support, turning to religious and spiritual resources, and engaging formal helpseeking. Using an approach called Multiple Criteria Decision Making, this book outlines a procedure for comprehensive risk assessment, safety planning, and risk management. Many, many strategies are still largely invisible to providers and researchers, and the steps that women take that receive very littleattention or acknowledgement in the domestic violence field. The author identifies the vital role that researchers can play by simply acknowledging the variety of approaches that battered women employ. In this book's two new studies, survivors of domestic violence identify 133 different protectivestrategies in open-ended questions. These and other insights from survivor testimony make this volume the largest and most comprehensive review of battered women's strengths to date.

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Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know challenges the pervasive stereotypes that depict battered women as passive and shows how to use the strength of battered women to create better and more nuanced research and intervention. Through an alternative strengths-basedframework, Hamby deftly illustrates how battered...

Sherry Hamby, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South. She was appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Center for Disease Control, and she joined the Research Advisory Council of the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199873654

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Re-Framing of Stereotypes of Battered Women2. A Holistic Approach to the Complex Problem of Battering3. Protective Strategies in the Context of Battered Women's True Risk Burden: The Multitude of Risks Batterers Can Create4. Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping5. Social Issues, Practical Concerns, and Personal Values that Influence Coping Strategies6. Immediate Situational Strategies7. Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers and Pets8. Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management9. Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources10. Using Formal Services11. Invisible Strategies12. Bringing a More Holistic Approach to Services and Tools for Intervention13. Conclusion: Recognizing Protective Strategies Can Create ProgressReferencesIndex