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The authoritative introduction to family violence issues.


Heavy Hands, Fifth Edition, provides an authentic introduction to the crimes of family violence, covering offenders and offenses, impact on victims, and responses of the criminal justice system. This established text is essential reading for those considering careers in criminal justice, victim advocacy, social work, and counseling. Gosselin draws on extensive field experience and uses real-life examples to provide sharp insight into how and why abuse occurs and its effects on abuse survivors. The text’s accessible language and effective learning tools keep students engaged and motivated, while its practical, real-world focus helps students connect text material to the world around them.

Table of contents

Chapter 1        Global Violence against Women

Chapter 2        History of Violence in the Family  

Chapter 3        Focus on Research and Theory

Chapter 4        Child Abuse

Chapter 5        Investigating Child Abuse

Chapter 6        Adolescent Perpetrators

Chapter 7        Intimate Partner Violence 

Chapter 8        Gay and Lesbian Partner Abuse 

Chapter 9        Abuse in Later Life

Chapter 10      Adult Perpetrators

Chapter 11      The Police Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Chapter 12      Stalking and Homicide

Chapter 13      The Court Response to Intimate Partner Violence

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