by David Mandel
I recently had a chapter published on Batterers and the Lives of Their Children in the Praeger Perspectives 4 Volume Series “Violence Againt Women in Families and Relationships” edited by Evan Stark and Eve Buzawa. My chapter appears in Volume Two “The Family Context” and focuses on the connections between batterer’s behavior and children from conception through adulthood. I also engage issues related to the desire of many battered women for their children to have safe contact with their fathers, the double standard we apply to mother and father’s behaviors and the importance of setting high expectations of change for batterers as fathers.
The entire series offers a comprehensive overview of the issue of violence against women in families and relationships. The volumes cover victimization and the community response, the family context, the criminal justice system and the law, and the media and cultural attitudes. The series includes chapters by Evan Stark on the Battered Mothers’ Dillemma, Joan S. Meier on the Misuse of Parental Alienation Syndrome in Custody Suits, Leigh Goodmark on Battered Women who Fight Back Againt their Abusers, Claire M. Renzetti on Intimate Partner Violence and Economic Disadvantage and Janice Ristock on Understanding Violence in Lesbian Relationships. Other chapters are by well known scholars and practitioners like Andrew Klein, Eve Buzawa, and Marianne Hester. The series is a tremendous resource for students, practitioners and academics. I hope you check it out. (Fair warning: The entire series is on sale new for $400 for the four volumes. If you decide not to purchase it, please recommend it to your local academic institution or library for their collection.)