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Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence Hardcover – 30 Sep 1997

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers Inc (30 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275958620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275958626
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,211,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I find Abused Men most appealing because of the rigorous research upon which the findings are based. There is nothing that is not fully substantiated by data...I appreciate the balance achieved in addressing a topic, usually ignored, in an era of accusations and hysteria that often detracts from the actual aggression and violence that affects domestic relations. This book is a real contribution that will help in the education of all professionals in the field of sociology and mental health."- Stanley G. Sturges, M.D. Medical Director CareMark Behavioral Health Services


When most people think of domestic violence, images of battered women or abused children come to mind. But there is another side to this issue that is not as familiar - abused men. It offers emotional stories, self-help for victims, insights into public issues, and provides a basic reference source for professionals. This work presents practical solutions for reducing domestic violence, whether its victims are male or female. Cook begins by examining the common misconceptions about this social issue. While people have heard the statistic that 1.8 million American women are severely assaulted by their mates every year, few know that the same source indicates that 2 million men are also assaulted at home. After laying the groundwork for a serious reconsideration of how society thinks about domestic violence, Cook allows a number of abused men to tell their stories. He then puts these experiences in the context of what therapists and others who have worked with such men know about domestic violence and how the male victim is similar to, yet different from, his female counterpart.

After examining the reasons why so little is known about male abuse and the difficulties researchers encounter, Cook shows how the abused man, his friends and family, and the abusive or abused woman can come to grips with domestic violence. Drawing from a variety of sources, the final chapter brings these diverse elements together and proposes practical solutions for reducing domestic violence, whether its victims are male or female.

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