Violence in families and intimate relationships affects a significant proportion of the population -- from very young children to the elderly. Although no one is immune to violence, some groups are particularly vulnerable. This is the first book to offer a national survey of the latest research and practice, and it reflects on the patriarchal roots and societal conditions in Canada that have led to the long-standing abuse of women and children. While feminist theories provide an overarching framework, a broad range of approaches is offered to examine and respond to critical aspects of this serious social problem. Topics include: systemic oppression of Aboriginal families and communities; violence in a francophone minority context; child corporal punishment; abuse in the lives of people with disabilities; the objectification of older adults; mother blaming; intimate violence in same-sex relationships; and new approaches to solving the problem of violence in Canadian families.
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Author Biography - Cathy Vine
Ramona Alaggia is Associate Professor of Social Work and the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Childrenas Mental Health at the University of Toronto, where she teaches social work practice with children and their families. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, her studies examine disclosure processes of child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence survivors, the impact of various forms of justice on survivors of sexual violence, and help-seeking for survivors of intimate partner violence. The results of this research have culminated in Dr. Alaggiaas most recent publication Risky Business: An Ecological Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Disclosure . She currently consults to and evaluates programs delivering services to survivors and their children, and for fathers who expose their children to intimate partner violence. Cathy Vine engages in research, writing and action projects to advance the well-being and rights of children and youth. Recently she worked with Ontarioas Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to support young people to hold the first ever Youth Leaving Care Hearings at Queenas Park, home of the Ontario Legislature. Previously, Cathy oversaw publication of 40 reports on childrenas issues and worked extensively with children, youth, and adults affected by child abuse and intimate violence, conducting research and developing innovative support and clinical services. She taught part-time at the School of Social Work, Ryerson University, and publications include the recent co-authored report, Resilience: Successful Navigation through Significant Threat (2010), and the co-authored book, Gardens of Shame: The Tragedy of Martin Kruze & the Sexual Abuse at Maple Leaf Gardens (Greystone Press, 2002).