It Could Happen To Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay

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SAGE, Apr 20, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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This revised and updated edition of It Could Happen to Anyone provides a comprehensive examination of why women stay in abusive relationships and why they leave, explaining why women should not be blamed for their victimization.

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The usual "hog wash" from this thing who adopted the name of LaViolette {isn't that precious?].

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Ms. LaViolette is a fraud and is interested only in making money off the suffering of truly abused individuals. She misrepresents her worth by calling herself a keynote speaker when in actuality she is a breakout speaker at best. While under sworn oath in a criminal matter, she perjured herself by stating that she had testified in a court on behalf of "one or two" men. This was proven to be a lie, as Ms. LaViolette NEVER testified for a single man. Additionally, she is stuck in the era of when she received a master's degree (she has no further education) when it was supposed that all abuser were men. ALV is clearly a man hater and is unable to bring her opinion up-to-date with the other more educated and unbiased authorities in the matter of domestic abuse. Because ALV cannot provide honest and unbiased opinions in a criminal court when testifying under oath, I wondered if she could give any worthwhile information in a book. I previewed the book and found it to be worthless. Sadly, I believe ALV is continuing to try to make money off the concerns of truly abused persons. Pass on this one and buy a book by a more qualified expert. 

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About the author (2000)

Alyce LaViolette has worked with battered women since 1978, first as an advocate at Women Shelter in Long Beach and then in private practice. In 1979, she founded Alternatives to Violence in Long Beach, one of the first programs in the country for spouse abusers. She specializes in Anger Management, Domestic Violence Counseling for Survivors and Perpetrators, and Gender Issues. She also provides couples' counseling, and a broad base of individual issues. She also serves as an expert witness for criminal and family court.

Ola W. Barnett is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. She earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Psychology at UCLA, specializing in Learning. Her initial research centered on batterers, and she later studied battered women and dating violence. She has coauthored two best-selling Sage books (with Alyce D. LaViolette) on why battered women stay with abusive partners. These books provide a scientific explanation, grounded in learning theory, for understanding the obstacles battered women face in trying to break free. She remains active in the field of family violence by reviewing articles for a large number of journals and performing as an external grant reviewer for a few organizations. She serves on the editorial board of the new journal, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. She also continues research on the impact of transitional housing on the lives of battered women.

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