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Karel Kurst-Swanger and Jacqueline L. Petcosky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165180

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165180.001.0001

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Violence in the Home: An Introduction

Violence in the Home: An Introduction

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Violence in the Home

Karel Kurst-Swanger

Jacqueline L. Petcosky

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the reader to the complex phenomenon of family violence. It explores the conceptual framework from which the subject matter is approached and working definitions of family and family maltreatment are provided. It provides a rationale for the addition of pseudo families to the discourse on family violence. It discusses the reasons why family violence is a critical issue to study and outlines the multidisciplinary perspectives which guide researchers and intervention strategies. Common themes identified in abusive families are introduced as well as some of the cultural factors which encourage and reinforce abusive behaviors, such as violent social models, social conditions, cultural and ethnic heritage, and religious traditions.

Keywords:   family violence, family maltreatment, pseudo families, power differentials, abuse continuum, polygamy, new religious movements, medical neglect, religious traditions, ethnic heritage

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