BOOK REVIEW – Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror

The following post reviews J.L. Herman’s influential book, Trauma and Recovery (1997), and highlights several points that relate to a core Thematic Area: The impact of domestic abuse on survivors. — Date Published: 1997 Authors: Herman, J.L. Full Citation: Herman, J. L. (1997). Trauma and recovery. Basic books. “Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Cruel but Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families

The following post reviews Alaggia and Vine’s book, Cruel but not unusual: violence in Canadian families (2013), and highlights several points that relate to a core Thematic Area: The impact of domestic abuse on survivors. — Date Published: 2010 Authors: Alaggia, R., & Vine, C. (Eds.) Full Citation: Alaggia, R., & Vine, C. (Eds.). (2013). Cruel but not unusual: violence in […]

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BOOK REVIEW – Domestic Violence & Mental Health

The following post reviews Howard, Feder and Agnew-Davies’ book, Domestic Violence and Mental Health (2013), and highlights several points that relate to a core Thematic Area: The impact of domestic abuse on survivors. — Date Published: 2013 Authors: Howard, Feder & Agnew-Davies Full Citation: Howard, L., Feder, G., & Agnew-Davies, R. (Eds.). (2013). Domestic violence and mental health. […]

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Culture, the Domestic Abuse of Women, and the Law

Culture – broadly defined as a set of norms, beliefs, ways of thinking, and customs in a society – can create conditions that tacitly allow for the perpetuation and proliferation of forms of abuse. The ubiquity of women’s abuse and maltreatment transcends ethnicity and geography, and is culturally universal (or pan-cultural). In 1974, Sherry Ortner […]

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The Legal System // Psychological and Emotional Abuse //

Although, there is substantial and growing evidence that psychological and emotional abuse are as damaging as physical abuse, our social institutions are slow to recognize this, often ignoring or dismissing abuse that isn’t physical or sexual. While we do have some anti-bullying policies in schools, and measures to address workplace harassment, there is little to […]

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