Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse

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Basic Books, Sep 8, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 298 pages
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A radical new take on the crisis of intimate abuse, "Violent Partners" argues that as a culture we misunderstand the root causes and basic effects of abuse, and until that changes there is no hope of fixing the problem. Dr. Linda Mills challenges assumptions, tears down myths, and offer solutions, all the while telling riveting stories of couples who have conquered violence in their relationships. In "Violent Partners," she describes several programs that hold promise for addressing intimate abuse, including two nationally known and groundbreaking treatment programs-Peacemaking Circles and Healing Circles. Controversial, provocative, and accessible, "Violent Partners" is unlike any other book on abuse and relationships, and highlights in great detail the complexities of violence through the stories of men and women who have acknowledged their abuse and sought to do something about it. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand violence in their own relationship, friends and family members of victims and abusers, and legal and mental health practitioners looking for a new and valuable approach to treating couples in crisis.
 

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Violent partners: a breakthrough plan for ending the cycle of abuse

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From the establishment of the first shelter (1974) to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (1994), domestic violence has become a more visible social problem. Mills, a lawyer and social ... Read full review

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Excellent book from a dynamic, empowering person. This is a must read for all who want to know about domestic violence (causes, triggers) and ways of dealing with it that are healing and restorative to the families impacted by it. Met her and it was truly and enlightening experience! Read full review

Contents

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Title Page
PART ONE A New Voice
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BATTERED WOMENS MOVEMENT
ENLARGING THE FRAME
PART TWO A New Understanding
WHERE DOES INTIMATE ABUSE COME FROM?
THE DYNAMICS OF INTIMATE ABUSE
PART THREE New Approaches
THE NEW GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT
THE POWER OF THE GROUP
PART FOUR A New Vision
HEALING CIRCLES
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

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