The Heart of Intimate Abuse

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

The Heart of Intimate Abuse

SKU# 9780826112163

New Interventions in Child Welfare, Criminal Justice, and Health Settings

Author: Linda G. Mills PhD, LCSW, JD



This startling analysis of violence within intimate relationships contends that every abusive relationship has, paradoxically, a heart of its own. Practitioners must acknowledge and engage this dynamic emotional center in order for interventions to succeed.

The Heart of Intimate Abuse takes a broad, critical view of standard responses to abuse by today's criminal justice, social work, and medical systems--especially those that respond to violence with coercive interventions such as mandatory arrest, prosecution, and reporting laws.

Here is a bold vision of the core dynamics of abuse in families--a vision that professionals can use to realize new policies and implement effective interventions that reach the heart of intimate abuse.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 31, 1998
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826112163
  • EISBN 9780826117274

Table of Contents 

    List of Boxes and Figures
    Foreword, by Albert Roberts, PhD
    Part I: The Heart of Intimate Abuse
  1. Intersections and Tensions in Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Practice
  2. The Heart of Intimate Abuse and the Dynamics of Domestic Violence

  3. Part II: Systems' Responses to Domestic Violence
  4. The Criminal Justice System's Response to Domestic Violence
  5. The Public Child Welfare System's Response to Domestic Violence
  6. The Health Care System's Response to Domestic Violence

  7. Part III: Empowerment Strategies and Affective Advocacy
  8. Engaging the Battered Mother: Empowerment Strategies and Affective Advocacy
  9. Systems Strategies for Working with Battered Mothers and Their Children
  10. Empowerment and Affective Strategies I: Meetings in Criminal Justice
  11. Empowerment and Affective Strategies II: Meetings in Public Child Welfare
  12. Empowerment and Affective Strategies III: Meetings in Health Care

  13. Part IV: Future Interventions
  14. An Empowerment Model for Battered Women and Their Children

  15. Appendixes
    I: CPS Risk Assessment in California
    II: A Personal Safety Plan
    III: Sample Affirmative Action Plans for CSWs
    Author Index
    Subject Index