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Domestic abuse is a problem that many families face across the world, but due to silence on the issue, many people do not have knowledge on the magnitude of this problem. Many people have the perception that this form of abuse is only limited to physical abuse, yet this is not the case. Sexual, financial and emotional abuses are other forms of domestic abuse that many families face. Such forms of abuse have serious psychological and physical effects to the victims, and it is important that they are taken seriously.

This is especially important when taking into account that some forms of abuse have the potential to cause irreversible damage to the victims. It is important that everyone should understand the symptoms and signs of abuse, since domestic abuse knows no borders, and any person can be a victim. This will help to minimize the damage caused by long term domestic abuse. The following references help to explain the nature of domestic abuse, the various forms it can take, the effects that it has to victims and the effective ways of reducing these forms of abuse. (a) Shipway, L. (2004).

Domestic violence: A handbook for health professionals. London: Routledge. This book is designed for health professionals in order to help them gain a deeper insight on forms of domestic abuse and how to handle them. The author presents various theoretical debates which center around the topic of domestic violence and abuse. It helps the health professionals understand the factors which cause domestic violence and the various interventions available. The author begins by giving statistics on domestic abuse, in which she says that one in four women experience at least one form of this abuse during their lifetime.

Afterward, she gives the consequences and causes of domestic abuse, and gives various interventions in the health care setting. The book gives practical advice on how to handle domestic abuse in the real world. This book further explains the professional issues that arise among health practitioners when dealing with the issue. It explains the interventions when dealing with adults, as well as children and how to improve the care of such patients. The book can act as a useful guide to health care professionals who deal with cases of domestic abuse in their day to day activities. (b) Helfrich, C.

A. , Donohue, M. V. (2001). Domestic abuse across the lifespan: The role of occupational therapy. New York: Haworth Press. This book is made up of eight papers which discuss the various aspects of domestic violence. The book explains the various forms of domestic abuse, which help readers, understand that besides physical abuse, there are various other forms of abuse. The authors further give an insight on the factors which are likely to make a person become either the abuser or the victim. This helps us understand the various ways in which we can prevent the occurrence of domestic violence.

The authors use case studies to explain practical aspects of domestic violence, and real life evidence. They discuss victim advocacy and its connection to occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is explained as one of the interventions available, and the authors explain the role of the occupational therapist regarding the victims of domestic abuse. The book is especially beneficial to occupational therapists, since it enables them to know how to deal with the issue of domestic abuse and provides real life examples. (c) Dugan, M. K. , Hock, R. R. , Dugan, D. M. (2006).

It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship Or Domestic Violence. Washington: CRC Press. This book explains how victims of abuse can start over after getting out of domestic violence or an abusive relationship. The authors begin by explaining that after quitting an abusive relationship, it is not as easy to start over as people assume. The end of an abusive relationship, according to the authors, marks the beginning of a search for happiness and healing. This book focuses on women and provides psychological awareness, emotional reassurance and practical guidance to survivors of abuse.

It gives self-exploration exercises and worksheets which help women reclaim their lives after leaving abusive relationships. This book also gives information on the various state and government programs dedicated to helping victims of abuse reclaim their lives. These programs offer various forms of assistance which include welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, job training among other programs. This book provides very useful assistance to a female victim of abuse who is seeking to reclaim her life back.

In addition to this, it also provides assistance to a victim of domestic abuse, who has not quit the relationship yet, since it provides an insight on the avenues that such victims can undertake to be free of these abusive relationships. (d) Morrison, K. M. (2004). International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse: A Cognitive Ecological Approach. Philadelphia: Taylor ; Francis. This book takes on an international approach in dealing with the issue of domestic violence. It analyzes the issue from real life examples of abuse of women and men, from diverse backgrounds and all continents.

The author gives a perspective of domestic abuse from various countries, their prevalence in terms of statistics, and the responses by the various governments. These perspectives are very important in analyzing the issue from a global perspective. They help the readers understand the nature of the problem in the global sphere as opposed to a single country’s or society’s perspective. The author also explains the role of children and women in the countries that have been analyzed. Finally, the book gives an international human rights approach in dealing with violence and abuse in families.

This book can be very useful to international advocacy groups against domestic abuse, and professionals and students in social sciences and medicine, since it analyzes domestic abuse from a global perspective. It can also be used by such groups in monitoring the levels of domestic abuse, and government interventions aimed at reducing the vice in various countries. (e) Testa, A. R. (2007). The Bully in Your Relationship: Stop Emotional Abuse and Get the Love You Deserve. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional. This book takes a unique approach and analyzes emotional abuse in the family.

Due to the perception by many people that domestic abuse only involves physical abuse, this book is very handy in exposing this different form of abuse. The author focuses on abusive relationships and explains to victims on what they need to do in order to free themselves from such relationships. She begins by explaining to readers how they can know that they are being abused, and explains what makes the abusers behave that way. She deals with deeper insights on bullies in relationships and explains emotional bullying, which takes the form of sex denial and though very common, is rarely discussed.

The book further explains how to get out of an abusive relationship and guides bullies on how to stop this vice. This is very important, since most books focus on the victims but do not discuss the abuser, who may have problems which make him or her act this way. This book is useful for people in relationships who may be experiencing a form of abuse, since it guides them on how to end it. (f) Malchiodi, C. A. , Perry, B. D. (2008). Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. New York: Guilford Press. This book focuses on the impacts of domestic abuse on children.

It aims to provide knowledge on how to help children who have been exposed to domestic abuse recover. This book has been written with the help of experts in children’s development, and they provide various forms of therapies that can be used to help such children recover. These therapies include use of music, art, play, and drama and movement therapy among other forms of therapy. The authors make use of case studies, which makes the book user friendly and practical. It is important to note that the book addresses a wider variety of stressful situations which children are exposed to, which go beyond domestic violence.

Such include accidents, bullying, child abuse, mass trauma, parental loss among others. These situations are isolated and dealt with uniquely, since each situation is unique and demands unique interventions. This makes the book especially important to people who interact with children on a day to day basis, such as teachers, parents and health practitioners. They can learn how to reduce the trauma and help the children recover from the various stressful situations that they experience. (g) Jenkins, P. , Davidson, B. P. (2001). Stopping Domestic Violence: How a Community Can Prevent Spousal Abuse.

Boston: Birkhauser Publishers. This book focuses on the role that the community plays regarding the issue of domestic abuse. The authors have recognized the potential that the community has in preventing and minimizing this vice, and explain what the community can do about it. The book analyzes the cooperation which should be there between various agents such as law enforcement, domestic violence programs, women’s centers, social service agencies and others, in efforts to contain the vice. The authors advocate for transmission of information about domestic violence and its prevention, to the community at large.

Preventative measures discussed include the protection of the vulnerable groups by the community. The book also focuses on improving the relationship between various institutions in the society in order to remove suspicion between them. For instance, the authors focus on suspicion that the public holds toward the law enforcement agencies, which may be a barrier to the reporting of domestic abuse cases. This book is important not only to advocates against domestic abuse, but the government, in the fight against this abuse. (h) Radford, L.

, Hester, M. (2006). Mothering Through Domestic Violence. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. This book analyzes the weaknesses in the social institutions which are supposed to fight domestic violence. According to the authors, instead of the society assisting the victims of abuse, sometimes the system ends up aggravating the situation by exposing them to further abuse. Social work agencies and family courts are seen to sometimes indirectly support domestic abuse, through blaming women who for their abuse, yet they are victims.

The authors challenge the perception that women who have endured domestic violence end up to be weak parents. They further analyze the effects of violence on children, and the relationship that should exist after the separation between the abuser and the victim. This relationship includes the child visitation and custodial rights of parents who are involved in domestic conflicts. Generally, the book aims at ending the harassment and victimization of victims of domestic abuse, and confronts the abusers since they are the people who cause the problem of domestic abuse.

This book is useful to the law enforcement agencies, the judiciary, the government and other groups which advocate for an end to domestic abuse in the society. References. Dugan, M. K. , Hock, R. R. , Dugan, D. M. (2006). It’s My Life Now: Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship Or Domestic Violence. Washington: CRC Press. Helfrich, C. A. , Donohue, M. V. (2001). Domestic abuse across the lifespan: The role of occupational therapy. New York: Haworth Press. Jenkins, P. , Davidson, B. P. (2001). Stopping Domestic Violence: How a Community Can Prevent Spousal Abuse. Boston: Birkhauser Publishers.

Malchiodi, C. A. , Perry, B. D. (2008). Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. New York: Guilford Press. Morrison, K. M. (2004). International Perspectives on Family Violence and Abuse: A Cognitive Ecological Approach. Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis. Radford, L. , Hester, M. (2006). Mothering Through Domestic Violence. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Shipway, L. (2004). Domestic violence: A handbook for health professionals. London: Routledge. Testa, A. R. (2007). The Bully in Your Relationship: Stop Emotional Abuse and Get the Love You Deserve. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional.

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