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This accessible text takes a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring issues surrounding domestic violence. It draws on contemporary research findings, policy developments, innovative practice and case studies to explore new directions in professional and voluntary sector responses to domestic violence. Centred on the United Kingdom, but located in a context of global change, the book discusses and critically evaluates new criminal justice and multi-agency initiatives such as domestic violence courts and risk assessment conferences, as well as assessing how far these initiatives improve the safety of women and children.Harne and Radford aim to disseminate ideas about best practice in relation to dealing with this sensitive and still controversial issue. They use real-life case studies from professionals, including the police, health services and Women's Aid, and are inclusive of the experiences of a wide range of survivors, in order to enable an understanding of the need for appropriate responses, depending on different survivor needs. "Tackling Domestic Violence" provides an informed background for professionals in the police, probation, health and social care services, the legal system and voluntary sector with a remit to respond to domestic violence. It is also highly relevant to those undertaking courses on domestic violence at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780335212484
ISBN-10: 0335212484
Format: Paperback
(90mm x 60mm x 5mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jill Radford

Lynne Harne is currently associated with the Violence against Women Research Group, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK. She has been teaching and researching issues of violence against women and children since the early l990's and has worked for the women's legal organisation Rights of Women and the Rape Crisis Federation. Jill Radford is Professor of Criminology and Women's Studies at the University of Teesside, UK. She has been working around the issues of sexual and domestic violence for 30 years and is a founding member and Chair of the Tees Valley Sexual Violence Forum and a member of the Middlesbrough Domestic Violence Forum.