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Family Violence From a Global Perspective

Family Violence From a Global Perspective
A Strengths-Based Approach

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The only book in the field with a global focus on family violence

July 2013 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.

Sylvia M. Asay, John DeFrain, Marcee Metzger, Bob Moyer
Busisiwe Nkosi and Priscilla S. Daniels
Chapter 1. Family Violence From a Global Perspective: Strengths-Based Research and Case Studies: The Case of South Africa
Lois R. Mberengwa, Tapologo Maundeni and Kgomotso K. More
Chapter 2: Domestic Violence in Botswana: Factors That Help Women Overcome Abuse
Jane Rose Njue, Dorothy Rombo, Laura S. Smark, Anne N. Lutomia and Lucy Wandiri Mbirianjau
Chapter 3: Domestic Violence in Kenya: Strengths-Based Research
Yan Xia, Cixin Wang, Shuhong Luo, Haiping Wang and Xiaoyun Zhang
Chapter 4: Domestic Violence in a Chinese Cultural Context: Who Gets the Blame?
Lina Kashyap and Trupti Panchal
Chapter 5: Family Violence From an Indian Perspective
Grace H. Chung and Sun Wha Ok
Chapter 6: Marital Violence in South Korea
Theodora Kaldi-Koulikidou and Styliani Plevraki
Chapter 7: Domestic Violence Against Women in Greece
Sylvia M. Asay, Valentina Bodrug-Lungu and Mihaela Robila
Chapter 8: Family Violence in Moldova
Vladimir I. Zubkov
Chapter 9: Violence in the Modern Russian Family
Latin America
Luisa Fernanda Habigzang, Jean Von Hohendorff and Silvia H. Koller
Chapter 10: Intrafamilial Violence and Social Vulnerability: A Glimpse of the Reality in Brazil
Rosario Esteinou
Chapter 11: Family Violence in Mexico
The Middle East
Maha N. Younes
Chapter 12: Contextualizing Oppression and Family Violence in Israel: Israeli and Palestinian Experiences
North America
Nancy Nason-Clark, Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Steve McMullin and Catherine Holtmann
Chapter 13: Family Violence in Canada
Marcee Metzger and Bob Moyer
Chapter 14: Family Violence in the United States: A Community and a Country Respond
Leanne Schubert, Penny Crofts and Kerri Bird
Chapter 15: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Striving to Address Domestic and Family Violence in Australia
E. Catherine Dickey
Chapter 16: Family Violence in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Sylvia M. Asay, John DeFrain, Marcee Metzger, Bob Moyer
Key features


  • The book uses a strengths-based approach that focuses on the defining strengths victims of domestic violence use to overcome abuse.
  • Family violence is discussed from a global perspective, exploring the similarities and differences in countries from all seven major geo-cultural areas of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and Oceania.
  • Each chapter is written by a native author who has first-hand knowledge and experience in the culture of his or her country.
  • The final chapter not only summarizes the similarities and differences but identifies solutions to the challenges of family violence around the world.

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