First published in 1985, this is the first published study of violence in the family to be aimed directly at people whose professions bring them into contact with domestic abuse victims, as well as those training for those professions. It documents the problems faced by women with violent husbands and discusses how the needs of these women and of their children can best be met.

The first part of the book reports the results of original research carried out by the editor. The second part of the book is concerned with the response of the law, the police, social services, housing departments and health services. The third part draws on the conference at which this research was presented, and offers recommendations for the future, in terms if better practice and of broad social and economic changes.

This book will be of interest to students of social work, health care, medicine and law, as well as those studying social policy, sociology and women’s studies.

chapter 1|20 pages


part |2 pages

Part I: Violent husbands and abused wives: a longitudinal study

chapter 2|6 pages

Introduction to the study

chapter 3|15 pages

Marital violence and marital problems

chapter 4|13 pages

Marriage and marriage breakdown

chapter 5|18 pages

Becoming a one-parent family

chapter 6|20 pages

The search for help

part |2 pages

Part II: Helping the abused woman and her children

part |2 pages

Part III: Conclusion

chapter 12|12 pages

Implications for policy and practice