Everyone working in health and social care is at one point or another confronted by violent behaviour and its consequences. Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression provides a broad overview of violence in relation to a range of groups and areas that involve human service professionals. Adopting an international perspective, this book looks at the ways in which violence, abuse and oppression can be clearly associated with power imbalances which are often gendered and which are covertly or overtly manifested at a range of levels including the interpersonal as well as the organizational and the political. It explores debates and challenges with regard to theoretical orientations, policy frameworks and how power imbalances intersect with a range of influencing factors including gender, poverty, indigenous/ethnic issues, class and sexuality. Examining the implications for human service professionals, each chapter of Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression provides an historical overview, explores theoretical perspectives, examines specific policy and practice context, appraises the contribution from research and assesses the impact for individuals and groups.
Section One 1. Introduction 2. Women and Violence 3. Men and Violence 4. Trapped Within Poverty and Violence 5. Towards Healing: Recognizing the Trauma Surrounding Aboriginal Family Violence Section Two 6. Feminisms and Domestic Violence: Within National Policy Contexts 7. 'Violence', Criminal Justice, the Law, Policy and Practice 8. Challenging the Second Closet: Intimate Partner Violence Between Lesbians 9. Violence Against Women in Rural Settings Section Three 10. Violence Against Children Within the Family 11. Violence and the State: Asylum Seeker Children 12. Out of the Asylum: From Restraint to Freedom? 13. Violence Against the Self, Self Harm and Suicide 14. Disability and Violence 15. Older People and Violence 16. Human Service Professionals: Violence and the Workplace 17. Conclusion