Family abuse : tough solutions to stop the violence / Robert L. Snow ; foreword by David Ford.

By: Snow, Robert LMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Plenum Press, c1997Description: xi, 310 p. ; 22 cmISBN: 0306455609; 9780306455605Subject(s): Family violence -- United States -- Prevention | Marital violence -- United States -- Prevention | Child abuse -- United States -- PreventionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Family abuse.DDC classification: 362.82/927/0973 LOC classification: HV6626.2 | .S56 1997Also issued online.
Contents:
1. Family Abuse in America -- 2. Child Sexual Abuse -- 3. Spousal and Elderly Sexual Abuse -- 4. Physical Abuse -- 5. Financial Abuse -- 6. Neglect -- 7. Emotional Abuse and Control -- 8. Murder -- 9. Spread and Perpetuation of Family Abuse -- 10. Backgrounds of Family Abusers -- 11. Family Abuse Investigation -- 12. Family Abuse Prosecution -- 13. Signs of Family Abuse -- 14. Personal Solutions to Family Abuse -- 15. Governmental Response to Family Abuse.
Summary: Captain Snow, a veteran police officer and acclaimed author of Protecting Your Life, Home, and Property, gives us a startling look, as only a police officer can, at the violence, tears, and terror that shatter homes and lives across America, and tells us what we can do about it. Walking us through the course of a regular night shift, we witness, first-hand, tragic and vividly real scenes of abuse that are becoming all too commonplace. We learn the heart-wrenching story of a woman who has suffered burns, broken limbs, and even a fractured skull at the hands of her brutal husband, but is too terrified to report his crimes. We see the chilling evidence of neglect in a bare, airless, padlocked room where a son has imprisoned his elderly mother without sufficient food, medicine, or human contact, awaiting her death. And we hear the stuttered excuses of a father lying about the scald marks on his baby's legs as the child screams in agony.Summary: Abusers, we discover, come from every walk of life, and no one is untouched by the powerful consequences of violence, neglect, and emotional and sexual abuse in this country. Snow goes on to reveal the tactics of violence and terror these abusers all wield - whether against a parent, wife, or child. More importantly, he shows that this hateful legacy of abuse need not continue.Summary: . At the heart of this book is an urgent, persistent question: How can we stop these horrible crimes? With an insider's knowledge forged from years of experience on the police force, combined with in-depth research, Snow provides a refreshingly practical perspective: tough solutions to conquer this growing crime. Taking on the ranks of the police, the courts, and public education, he sounds a clarion call for reform and reeducation. Captain Snow also gives invaluable advice - in this less-than-perfect world - to victims and their loved ones on how they can now use the police and legal system to their best advantage in fighting against abuse. Pointing out the holes in our public safety net, and identifying the most common dangers victims face trying to fight back against their abusers - he shows how we can defend ourselves now, and work to stop abuse in families of the future.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 285-295) and index.

Also issued online.

1. Family Abuse in America -- 2. Child Sexual Abuse -- 3. Spousal and Elderly Sexual Abuse -- 4. Physical Abuse -- 5. Financial Abuse -- 6. Neglect -- 7. Emotional Abuse and Control -- 8. Murder -- 9. Spread and Perpetuation of Family Abuse -- 10. Backgrounds of Family Abusers -- 11. Family Abuse Investigation -- 12. Family Abuse Prosecution -- 13. Signs of Family Abuse -- 14. Personal Solutions to Family Abuse -- 15. Governmental Response to Family Abuse.

Captain Snow, a veteran police officer and acclaimed author of Protecting Your Life, Home, and Property, gives us a startling look, as only a police officer can, at the violence, tears, and terror that shatter homes and lives across America, and tells us what we can do about it. Walking us through the course of a regular night shift, we witness, first-hand, tragic and vividly real scenes of abuse that are becoming all too commonplace. We learn the heart-wrenching story of a woman who has suffered burns, broken limbs, and even a fractured skull at the hands of her brutal husband, but is too terrified to report his crimes. We see the chilling evidence of neglect in a bare, airless, padlocked room where a son has imprisoned his elderly mother without sufficient food, medicine, or human contact, awaiting her death. And we hear the stuttered excuses of a father lying about the scald marks on his baby's legs as the child screams in agony.

Abusers, we discover, come from every walk of life, and no one is untouched by the powerful consequences of violence, neglect, and emotional and sexual abuse in this country. Snow goes on to reveal the tactics of violence and terror these abusers all wield - whether against a parent, wife, or child. More importantly, he shows that this hateful legacy of abuse need not continue.

. At the heart of this book is an urgent, persistent question: How can we stop these horrible crimes? With an insider's knowledge forged from years of experience on the police force, combined with in-depth research, Snow provides a refreshingly practical perspective: tough solutions to conquer this growing crime. Taking on the ranks of the police, the courts, and public education, he sounds a clarion call for reform and reeducation. Captain Snow also gives invaluable advice - in this less-than-perfect world - to victims and their loved ones on how they can now use the police and legal system to their best advantage in fighting against abuse. Pointing out the holes in our public safety net, and identifying the most common dangers victims face trying to fight back against their abusers - he shows how we can defend ourselves now, and work to stop abuse in families of the future.

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Library Journal Review

Indianapolis police official Snow (SWAT Teams, LJ 4/15/95) presents a compelling case for getting tough on crimes of family violence. He argues that perpetrators use violence to control others and that, too often, it works. Broadening the conventional notion of violence, he devotes chapters to spousal and emotional abuse, child abuse and neglect, and the less-documented problems of elder and financial abuse. Though the literature on this topic is voluminous, Snow's perspective and policy implications are somewhat unusual. He advocates legal reforms, training for public officials, citizen advocacy groups to monitor decision making, and broad social change with the view that abusers are criminals and victims should receive meaningful assistance to escape. Anyone can become a victim, and this book provides numerous practical suggestions for avoiding or extricating oneself from such a predicament. It will also give professionals fresh insights into the dynamics of this timely issue. With its up-to-date references and patrol-car flavor, this well-written work should be useful in criminal justice collections and most public libraries.‘Antoinette Brinkman, Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr. Lib., Evansville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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