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Dating Violence: Prevalence, Context and Risk Markers

Excerpted from Violence in Dating Relationships: Emerging Social Issues By Maureen Pirog-Good, Jan E. Stets David H. Sugarman and Gerald T. Hotaling Less than a decade ago, Makepeace reported that a substantial proportion of college students engaged in violence in their dating relationships. This seemed to contradict the contentions of some who believed that dating was a time of innocent exploration and that intimate violence was more a feature

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Identifying Non-Physical Abuse of Women by Their Men

Excerpted from Identifying Non-Physical Abuse of Women by Their Men By Mary Susan Miller, Ph.D. This is the story of Ellie - Eleanor Ames, living in New York, born in Norwalk, Connecticut, daughter of Martha Lapone, a housewife, and Jonathan Shattuck, a lawyer. It is simultaneously the story of all the other Ellies and Sarahs, Lorrie-Anns, Corishas, and Rosas in America and truly throughout the world. Ellie: graduated fifth in her class from Nor

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How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives Apart

Excerpted from How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives Apart By Paul Kivel Why are men violent and what can we do about it? As we face the daily and deadly effects of men's violence, the need to find an answer to this question becomes increasingly urgent. The question leads us to others, equally urgent. What kinds of violence are we talking about? Which men? Can we do anything about men's violence? This book is about men's lives and how th

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The Problem Of Hazing In High School

By Margarita Nahapetyan A new survey, which was conducted by two professors at the University of Maine, found that many college and university freshmen reported being hazed while in high-school. The dictionary defines hazing as a ritualistic test and a task that involves harassment, abuse or humiliation. All this is being used as a way of initiating a person into a gang, club, military organization or other group. The definition can r

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Childhood Abuse Linked To Later Suicide

By Margarita Nahapetyan Childhood abuse can permanently alter the way DNA works, leaving victims with lasting effect on their brain, and therefore making them more vulnerable to stressful events throughout their lives, and even suicide-prone, reports a new Canadian study. According to researchers at Montreal's McGill University and Douglas Institute, abuse and traumas at an early age, as well as bad maternal care, lead to a later deve

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Children - Victims Of Abuse

By Margarita Nahapetyan Child abuse is the physical, psychological, social, emotional or sexual maltreatment of children. The CDC defines child maltreatment as any series of acts by a parent or other caregiver resulting in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child. There are four main categories of child abuse: physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Physical abuse means causing physical harm on a chil

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Spousal Abuse: Physical And Emotional

By Margarita Nahapetyan Spousal abuse is a very difficult behavior to define because it embraces a number of symptoms involving both physical and emotional abuse. Physical abuse includes physical violence, such as beating, hitting, shoving, and any other physical assault that is considered as deliberate. And emotional abuse is characterized by behavior that is aimed to humiliate verbally, to ridicule, to put-down, to criticize, to demean or just simply neglec

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Taking On the Myths of Adolescents at School

Excerpted from And Words Can Hurt Forever; How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence By James Garbarino, Ph.D., Ellen deLara, Ph.D. Myths of all kinds shroud the experience of kids at school, standing in the way of our efforts to see and hear the reality of what children encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes myths have their root in nostalgia-rose-colored memories of how things once were. Other times, they are grounded in comforting mi

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The Epidemic of Youth Violence

Excerpted from Lost Boys; Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them By James Garbarino, Ph.D. Youth violence is spreading across America. Until recently, acts of lethal youth violence were mostly confined to certain parts of the United States, most notably the war zone neighborhoods of New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston, and other big cities. As a society we have become numb or indifferent to this fact of life. But when young boys in Pearl, Missis

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Kids & Violence: First Imitation, Then Identification

Excerpted from Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Gloria DeGaetano The impact of violent imagery on children is best understood within the context of normal child development. Children are born with an instinctive capacity and desire to imitate adult behaviors. That infants can, and do, imitate an array of adult facial expressions has been demonstrated in newborns as young as a few hours

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Abuse: Catherine's Healing Faith

Excerpted from The Evolving Woman: Intimate Confessions of Surviving Mr. Wrong By Catherine Lanigan, Jodee Blanco I was working six, sometimes seven days a week in our retail swimming pool store, taking care of my son, writing novels at night and on the weekends, and walking on eggshells living with an abusive mate. Frankly, I was just trying to make ends meet and get through the day. I was blamed if it rained, blamed if my husband's shirts were

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Abuse - Women in the Crossfire

Excerpted from Before It's Too Late: Helping Women in Controlling or Abusive Relationships By Robert J. Ackerman, Ph.D., Susan E. Pickering Women in abusive relationships are "in the crossfire." They are suffering not only abuse, but also many other negative behaviors. At the same time, they are maintaining numerous personal and family responsibilities. For example, abuse is almost always accompanied by controlling behavior and often is coupled with too much drinking. A

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Emotional Abuse

Excerpted from Saving Beauty from the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter From an Unhealthy Relationship By Vicki Crompton, Ellen Zelda Kessner "EMOTIONAL ABUSE ABSOLUTELY predominates in unhealthy teen dating relationships," says Karen Harker, who has worked with abused women and teens for almost twenty years. Like Karen Harker, I meet girls after each school presentation I give who come forward to describe the various kinds of emotional assaul

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