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Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman

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Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman

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A Model for Assessment and Intervention

Author: Mary Ann Dutton PhD


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The book spells out in practical, concrete terms what it really means to place the pathology outside the battered woman.The novelty in this approach lies in the implications for practice: battered women are not “sick” – they are in a “sick” situation.

“…Practical and comprehensive, an excellent guide for clinicians and other interveners….Mary Ann Dutton’s book, Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman, integrates psychological theory with detailed information on the real-life dimensions of abused women’s posttraumatic responses and the strategies for assessment that form a part of each chapter are particularly valuable….Dutton’s approach of understanding women’s experiences of violence in context and of empowering abused women will also serve to empower – and free – those providing services to women victims of partner violence.”
- Angela Browne, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Author, When Battered Women Kill)

“Drawing upon her vast clinical, academic, and forensic background, Mary Ann Dutton shows us that women experience abuse in many different ways and employ a wide range of techniques to survive the abuse.She then offers numerous suggestions for working with battered women, all predicted on ethical, feminist principles.Although geared toward clinicians, this book is a great resource for battered women’s advocate, law enforcement officials, and attorneys – for anyone who comes into contact with battered women.”
- Sue Osthoff, Director, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women

“Finally, a book on battered women that shelter workers can recommend to traditionally trained therapists.Dutton provides a conceptual framework for understanding the differing needs of battered women: support, advocacy, and healing.Not all battered women are the same.Dutton details both the assessment processes and therapeutic approaches that acknowledge those differences.”
- Anne L. Ganley, PhD, Domestic Violence Program, Seattle V.A. Medical Center

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 15, 1992
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171306
  • EISBN 9780826171313

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Lenore E. A. Walker
    Part I. Conceptual Framework and Assessment
  1. Women’s Response to Battering: A Psychological Model
    • Women’s Response to Battering: The Model
    • Case Illustrations
  2. Understanding the Nature and Pattern of Abusive Behavior
    • Defining Abuse
    • Strategies of Assessment
    • Impact of Assessment Procedures
  3. Strategies to Escape, Avoid, and Survive Abuse
    • Escape and Survival Strategies
    • Effectiveness of Strategies
    • Self-Defense as Survival Response
    • Strategies of Assessment
  4. Psychological Effects of Abuse
    • Psychology of Traumatic Response
    • Distinctions Between Domestic Violence and Other Traumas
    • Classification of Traumatic Effects
    • Diagnostic Issues
    • Strategies of Assessment
  5. Mediators of the Battered Woman’s Response to Abuse
    • The Differential Impact of Abuse
    • Mediating Factors
    • Strategies of Assessment
    Part II. Intervention
  6. The Framework for Intervention with Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
    • General Philosophy of Treatment
    • Goals of Intervention
    • Useful Techniques for Intervention
    • Modality of Intervention
    • Ethical and Legal Considerations
  7. Protective Interventions
    • Recurrent Abuse/Victimization
    • Suicide Risk
    • Homicide Risk
    • Acute and Severe Stress Reaction
  8. Making Choices
    • Components of Choice Making
    • Intervention Strategies
    • A Final Note on Choice Making
  9. Posttraumatic Therapy: Healing the Psychological Effects of Battering
    • The Nature of Healing
    • Compounded Trauma: When Battering is Not the Only Trauma
    • Posttraumatic Therapy: Strategies for Intervention Adjunctive Therapies
  10. Issues for the Professional Working with Abuse
    • Vicarious Traumatization
    • Risk to the Therapist
    • Attitudes and Values of the Professional
    • Victimization History of the Professional
    • Therapist’s Self-Care
    Appendix A: Abusive Behavior Observation Checklist (ABOC)
    Appendix B: Questionnaires for Assessing Battered Woman’s Cognitions about Violence
    Appendix C: Response to Violence Inventory: Strategies to Escape, Avoid, and Survive Abuse
    Appendix D: Normative Data from a Sample of Battered Women on Measures of Psychological Effects of Trauma
    Appendix E: Psychological Evaluation Report