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Hardback 256 pp.
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Publication date:
October 2014

Imprint: OUP US

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Men Who Batter

Nancy Nason-Clark and Barbara Fisher-Townsend

Series : Interpersonal Violence

Men who act abusively have their own story to tell, a journey that often begins in childhood, ripens in their teenage years, and takes them down paths they were hoping to never travel. Men Who Batter recounts the journey from the point of view of the men themselves.

The men's accounts of their lives are told within a broader framework of the agency where they have attended groups, and the regional coordinated community response to domestic violence, which includes the criminal justice workers (e.g., probation, parole, judges), and those who staff shelters and work in advocacy. Based on interview data with this wide array of professionals, we are able to examine how one community, in one western state, responds to men who batter.

Interwoven with this rich and colorful portrayal of the journey of abusive men, we bring twenty years of fieldwork with survivors and those who walk alongside them as they seek safety, healing and wholeness for themselves and their children. Women who have been victimized by the men they love often hold out hope that, if only their abusers could be held accountable and receive intervention, the violence will stop and their own lives will improve dramatically as a result. While the main purpose of Men Who Batter is to highlight the stories of men, told from their personal point of view, it is countered by reality checks from their own case files and those professionals who have worked with them. And finally, interspersed within its pages is another theme: finding religious faith or spiritual activity in unlikely places.

Readership : General readers-domestic violence victims/survivors; public interested in violence in the family, especially those who are connected with faith communities. Professionals-social workers, domestic violence advocates, therapists, criminal justice workers, batterer intervention facilitators, religious leaders and students studying domestic violence in courses in university.

1. Introduction
2. Childhood
3. Intimate Realtionships
4. Living Dangerously
5. Caught in the Act and Before the Courts
6. Doing Time and Being Monitored
7. Checking In and Doing the Work
8. Accountable
9. Hope or Despair?

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Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D., is a Professor (and Chair) of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She is the author or editor of over 10 books, including No Place for Abuse (2nd ed., 2010 with Catherine Clark Kroeger), The Battered Wife (1997) and the co-edited collection, Understanding Abuse: Partnering for Change (2004) as well as over one hundred peer-reviewed articles or chapters. Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Ph.D., teaches Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick. For more than ten years her research agenda has focused on how best to change the thinking and behaviour of religious men who have acted abusively in order to bring peace and safety to those impacted by violence. She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters with Nancy Nason-Clark, and others, which appear in The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Social Work and Christianity, Critical Social Work, the Handbook on Sociology of Religion and Social Institutions, and American Sociology of Religion: Histories. Barbara served as an author and editor of Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voices for Change (2008), Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes: A Challenge to Churches and their Leaders (2011), and the third volume in this series entitled Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse: Churches and their Leaders Look to the Future (2013).

Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Battered Women's Protective Strategies - Sherry Hamby
Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy - Lisa D. Brush
Helping Battered Women - Edited by Albert R. Roberts
Parenting by Men Who Batter - Edited by Jeffrey L. Edleson and Oliver J. Williams
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women - Edited by James Ptacek

Special Features

  • This is a fieldwork driven book based upon personal interviews with 55 men connected to one batterer intervention group.
  • Most of the men that were interviewed had been incarcerated at some point for domestic violence, and many were re-interviewed every six to nine months, four or five times.
  • The authors also conducted focus groups with other men who were participating in the state-certified batterer intervention program the authors were studying, and they observed many group meetings over their years of data collection.
  • This primary data is supplemented by an analysis of the closed case-files from over 1100 men.
  • The men's accounts of their lives are told within a broader framework of the agency where they have attended groups.