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Intimate Partner Sexual Violence: A Multidisciplinary Guide to Improving Services and Support for Survivors of Rape and Abuse Paperback – Oct 21 2013
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This book bridges the gap between therapeutic and criminal justice disciplines dealing with survivors of domestic and sexual violence... It is highly recommended for professionals; students in legal, clinical and social fields; and survivors of IPSV... This book has set the stage for discussions aimed towards a better understanding of IPSV through its integration of multidisciplinary knowledge. It is highly recommended for its steps towards improving policy, practice and support for survivors of IPSV. The book's narrative and use of case studies sets the foundation for a clearer understanding of what IPSV is, and the personal and professional experience of the contributors make it an important read for academics, professionals and survivors of IPSV alike. -- Sophia Ralph, University of West England The Journal of Sexual Aggression Written by a multi-disciplinary group of experts, and with the authority that comes from thorough research and many years of practice experience, this book confronts the neglected experience of sexual violence towards intimate partners. As well as providing empowering knowledge for victims/survivors of all ages, it is essential reading for people working in the criminal justice system, health care, mental health, social welfare and community organisations. -- Lorraine Radford, Professor of Social Policy & Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK This excellent volume provides important information about how women around the world experience IPSV and the horrific responses that they too frequently receive from service providers. [...] The chapters on service provision provide excellent insight on the best ways to assist women (and men) who have been victimized by their partners, validating their experiences and helping them down the path of healing. [...] This book also provides cutting-edge research on the risks, causes and --- far too often --- deadly consequences of IPSV. It is an important resource for anyone who works with survivors of IPSV or who has a family member, friend, or loved one who is a survivor. The book that you are about to read is a critically important step in acknowledging the life-damaging impact of IPSV and helps to give voice to this group of survivors who have been too long silenced. -- from the foreword by Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA The rape victims who are suffering the greatest long-term psychological harm are those women who have been sexually assaulted by a current or former partner, yet this is the form of violence against women that we are talking about the least. This volume puts the issue of intimate partner sexual violence front and centre, where it belongs. Professionals, community members, and survivors themselves will find here the key insights and practice guidelines needed to support healing, promote safety, and hold offenders accountable. The authors have made a huge contribution to justice and recovery. -- Lundy Bancroft, author of Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
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Two chapters stood out for me, chapter 14, Responding to Christian Survivors of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, by Barbara Roberts, and chapter 15, Law Enforcement Response to Intimate Partner Violence by Mike Davis. Barbara Roberts, a survivor of domestic abuse and author of Not Under Bondage: Biblical Divorce for Abuse, Adultery and Desertion (2008), makes an excellent contribution. She advocates passionately as a Christian who understands the complexities facing Christian victims. In particular, she addresses the mandates from Scriptures that cause the most difficulties to Christian victims, showing quite comprehensively how they have been misunderstood and misapplied. As a voice for victims, she does not mince words - "Anger at the woeful responses of the church is not ungodly bitterness that a victim needs to repent of; it is justified and righteous anger, the same kind of anger that God has for those who ignore the cries of the oppressed..." (p.177), and "Apathy towards the needy is a serious sin (Ezekiel 16:49). Counselors must see abuse as a moral issue where the blame lies with the perpetrator, or they will not be able to convey 'you are not to blame' to the victim. And when victims suspect they are being judged as partly or wholly to blame, it is like having caustic soda poured in their wounds" (p.178). But apart from arguing from her experience, from logic and from sound exegesis, she also gives practical suggestions for helpful responses, for example, what to say to the victim and how to use the right words if a woman discloses sexual mistreatment.
I found Mike Davis' contribution enlightening and in some ways refreshing. In the list of contributors, Mike Davis is described as "a police sergeant for the Vancouver, Washington Police Dept, where he helped establish the City of Vancouver's first Domestic Violence Unit and served as the first Domestic Violence Sergeant." The reason I found his chapter refreshing - take a look at his opening statements, "As law enforcement we can and do have tremendous impact on people's lives. Often, police are a victim's first contact with someone who has the power and authority to deliver help and justice. Therefore, law enforcement must have a trained response to domestic violence (DV) and its related crimes, just as we do to a bank robbery in progress, a school shooter, or a bomb threat...police officers must take any form of IPV very seriously" (p. 186). Wow! The first thought to come into my head was, "Does a police officer like this really exist?!" I found his writing immensely readable, highly practical and sufficiently detailed. His experience as an officer dealing with DV offences is obvious, and his passion and commitment should be something every police officer in every police department everywhere (especially in Western countries that purport to fight violence against women and hold perpetrators to account) should emulate. The anecdotal evidence regarding the responses of law enforcement agencies is that they are not helpful to victims of intimate partner sexual assaults, often adding to their trauma. It is encouraging that there are Mike Davis' in the world who are prepared to take IPV seriously and have the know-how to investigate, lay charges and deal effectively with the offender. He obviously also understands the characteristics of IPSV offenders and suggests ways to interview suspects that work best.
I applaud the editors for their courage in compiling the material in order to bring this hideous crime to light and shed more understanding on how best to respond and provide support to survivors of rape and abuse. Professionals and lay bystanders alike both need this book and will find it useful. It is, however, not an easy read as the topic is itself a confronting one and unfortunately, those who will enthusiastically pick it up may be those already passionate about being advocates. And therein lies a huge part of the problem - people don't want to know. That's why this book is needed. Hopefully, the intended target of readers will take this issue as seriously as this book has argued it should be taken.
As a student this book provides an amazing array of current information about an issue that still needs a lot of research and consideration. Well researched and well referenced it provides a starting point if one chooses to look closer at a specific issue related to IPSV.
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