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Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender Inclusive Theory and Treatment
Hamel, John, LCSW; Tonia Nicholls, PhD (Eds)
Springer Publishing Company / Hardcover / 2006-09-01 / 082610245X
Couple & Family Studies / Violence
price: $142.50 (may be subject to change)
664 pages
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In this exciting new book John Hamel, author of the ground-breaking Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse, and Tonya Nicholls go beyond the traditional intervention theories of domestic violence practiced today

Offering alternative, unbiased and sometimes controversial views, theories, and current research, they, along with renowned contributors in the field, provide new treatment options that encompass a wide range of gender dynamics. Here are just some of the key principles covered:

* Interventions Should Be Based on a Thorough Unbiased Assessment
* Victim/Perpetrator Distinctions are Overstated, and Much Partner Abuse is Mutual
* Regardless of Perpetrator Gender, Child Witnesses to Partner Abuse are Adversely Affected, and are at Risk for Perpetrating Partner Abuse as Adults

This new gender-inclusive approach to assessment and intervention provides a significant departure from traditional paradigms of domestic violence, and offers a much-needed awareness to effectively prevent violence in our communities today and for future generations.


"What this work that alternative voices have long been a part of the struggle to address intimate and family violence--and now they are finally being heard."
--Linda G. Mills, JD, MSW, PhDD, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and University Life, Professor of Social Work, Public Policy and Law, New York University

"John Hamel and Tonia L. Nicholls break new ground in presenting an in-depth perspective on gender-inclusive treatment and theory related to family interventions for domestic violence. They have gathered together leading scholars and practitioners in the field who have the courage to challenge the existing paradigm in the domestic violence field, that all violence is caused by patriarchal ideology, and offer an alternative view based on fitting theory and treatment to both solid research data and the unique needs of family members. This groundbreaking work is based on sound science, but written in a style that will be accessible to students and practitioners, along with family violence scholars. The editors are to be congratulated not only for compiling such a comprehensive book which will serve as a benchmark for years to come, but for their ability to think outside the box and to offer alternative perspectives for responding to this pervasive problem. This important contribution tops the short list of 'must read' books for anyone working in the field of domestic violence."
--Sandra M. Stith, PhD, Professor and Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Virginia Tech, Falls Church, VA

"Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: A Handbook of Gender-Inclusive Theory and Treatment is an eye opening book that offers pragmatic and innovative solutions on the prevention and treatment of intimate partner violence in the 21st century. As the founder of a gender-inclusive nationwide domestic violence victim's organization I implore public policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and those who work in the domestic violence and mental health fields to read this book! As well it should be a required text for college students going into those fields. As Dr. Straus so aptly states in chapter 3 of the book, 'It is time to make the effort be one that is aimed at ending all partner violence, not just violence against women. Only then will women, as well as all other human beings, be safe in their own homes.' I absolutely concur!"
--Jan Brown, Founder and Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women

"This innovative book will help move the field of family violence forward! After years of intervention, theory, and research, it had become clear that 'one size does not fit all' perpetrators or victims of intimate partner violence. It is important to that we embrace alternative approaches that are research and/or theory based, pursue additional types of interventions, and be open to working with all family members to change abusive attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in relationships. This book includes numerous chapters that meet these goals. Family interventions are one option to consider for abuse-specific counseling for certain offenders and victims, and this book describes good programs worth considering. This book is an excellent resource for practitioners, researchers, and advocates!"
--Robert Geffner, PhD, ABPN, ABPP, President, Family Violence & Sexual Abuse Assault Institute (FVSAI) and President, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), Alliant International University

"John Hamel and Tonia L. Nicholls have provided an excellent, informative, and comprehensive handbook to advance evidence-based practice in relation to partner violence and help rescue it from the 'dark ages' of ideologically driven interventions."
--John Archer, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK

"This is a powerful volume, and about time....Unifying the work of pioneering scholars and practitioners, the authors collectively move the field of domestic violence beyond conventional, unilateral interventions. The voices here present evidence for and solutions towards a broader, more authentic approach to domestic violence in all of its complexities."
-- Miriam K. Ehrensaft, PhD, Division of Child Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY

"This book makes significant advances in the field of domestic violence research. With its offerings of contemporary theoretical perspectives and original empirical findings, it is poised to be a valuable resource for researchers, clinicians, and policy makers alike."
--Jamila Bookwala, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Lafayette College

"For nearly four decades, intimate violence research, policy, and treatment have been intertwined with femininst theory, in general, and patriarchy theory, in particular. While this conceptual marriage has served the political agenda of advocates and eased the communication of the causes and consequences of intimate violence, this limited theoretical frame focuses our attention on partner assault as a woman's issue, and not a human issue. With the present anthology, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and advocates have a compilation of articles that examines the gender-intimate violence relationship. The authors do not assume a male-female difference in the forms or consequences of intimate violence; rather they critically evaluate the literature and carefully draw their conclusions based on this evidence. All gender-based assumptions are open to questioning....There are no simple answers; these chapters offer the reader insights into the complexity of intimate violence. They represent a step-forward in the understanding and treatment of a problem that characterizes so many relationships. Perhaps, most importantly, these chapters push the debate to the next level....As clinicians and policymakers, the 'one-model-fits-all' needs replacing. We have to appreciate intimate violence's diversity and tailor our interventions and policies. This book shows the reader where we have been and where we must go if we wish to confront adequately this social problem."
--David B. Sugarman, PhD, Chair & Professor of Psychology, Rhode Island College


Foreword, Linda G. Mills, New York University
Introduction, John Hamel and Tonia Nicholls
Part One: Research and Theory
1. Domestic Violence: A Gender-Inclusive Conception, John Hamel
2. Thinking Outside the Box: Gender and Court-Mandated Therapy, Donald Dutton
3. Risk Factors for Physical Violence between Dating Partners: Implications for Gender-Inclusive Prevention and Treatment of Family Violence, Rose A. Medeiros and Murray A. Straus
4. Power and Control in Relationship Aggression, Nicola Graham-Kevan
5. Intimate Stalking and Partner Violence, Stacey L. Williams, Irene Hanson Frieze, H. Colleen Sinclair
6. Couple Violence: A New Look at Some Old Fallacies, Patricia Noller, Laurance Robillard
7. Domestic Violence Typologies, Nicola Graham-Kevan
8. The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children's Development, Patrick T. Davies, Melissa L. Sturge-Apple
9. Family Lessons in Attachment and Aggression: The Impact of Interparental Violence on Adolescent Adjustment, Marlene M. Moretti, Stephanie Penney, Ingrid Obsuth, & Candice Odgers
10. The Evolution of Battering Interventions: From the Dark Ages into the Scientific Age, Julia C. Babcock, Brittany Canady, Katherine Graham, Leslie Schart

Part Two: Assessment and Treatment
11. Gender-Inclusive Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: An Overview, John Hamel
12. Violence Risk Assessments with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Abuse, Tonia Nicholls, Sarah L. Desmarais, Kevin S. Douglas, P. Randall Kropp
13. Male Victims of Domestic Violence, David L. Fontes
14. Domestic Violence in Ethno-Cultural Minority Groups, Kathleen Malley-Morrison, Denise A. Hines, Doe West, Jesse J. Tauriac, Mizuho Arai
15. Systems Considerations in Working with Court-Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders, Lonnie Hazlewood
16. Treatment of Psychological and Physical Aggression in a Couple Context, K. Daniel O'Leary and Shiri Cohen
17. Couple Violence and Couple Safety: A Systemic and Attachment-Oriented Approach to Working with Complexity and Uncertainty, Arlene Vetere and Jan Cooper
18. Dangerous Dances: Treating Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Couples, Vallerie E. Coleman
19. Treatment of Family Violence: A Systemic Perspective, Michael Thomas
20. Anger, Aggression, Domestic Violence, and Substance Abuse, Ronald T. Potter-Effron
21. Therapy with Clients Accused of Domestic Violence in Disputed Child Custody Cases, Michael Carolla
22. Family Therapy and Interpersonal Violence: Targeting At-Risk Adolescent Mothers, Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Lisa A. Turner, Marilyn McGowan
23. Family Group Therapy: A Domestic Violence Program for Youth and Parents, Nancy Carole Rybski
24. Family Violence Parent Groups, Darlene Pratt and Tom Chapman
25. Healing Child Victims and their Parents in the Aftermath of Family Violence, Christina M. Dalpiaz
26. Gender-Inclusive Work with Victims and Their Children in a Co-ed Shelter, Carol Ensign and Patricia Jones
27. Justice is in the Design: Creating a Restorative Justice Treatment Model for Domestic Violence, Peggy Grauwiler, Nicole Pezold, and Linda G. Mills
28. Domestic Violence: New Visions, New Solutions, Cathy Young, Philip Cook, Sheila Smith, Jack Turteltaub, Lonnie Hazlewood

About the Editors:

John Hamel, LCSW, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, has been a court-certified Batterer Intervention Provider since 1992, headquartered in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. His clinical services included family violence assessments and treatment programs for abusive men, women, and families. Mr. Hamel has provided consultation and training to mental health professionals, batterer intervention providers, victim advocates, attorneys and law enforcement, and has served as an expert court witness in criminal and family law courts. His articles on partner violence have appeared in the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Bulletin and the International Journal of Men's Health. Mr. Hamel is also the author of Gender-Inclusive Treatment of Intimate Partner Abuse: A Comprehensive Approach (Springer, 2005). His website is

Tonia L. Nicholls, PhD, obtained a doctorate in Law and Forensic Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2002. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research funded her three-year postdoctoral fellowship in tihe department of psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and the BC Institute against Family Violence. Currently, she is Senior Research Fellow, Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, BC Mental Health and Addictions Services and Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Simon Fraser University. Her scholarly work has earned her "Brain Star" awards from the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Addictions, Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the Canadian Psychological Association President's New Researcher Award; and the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution by a Graduate Student."

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