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Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know

Sherry Hamby


It is well known that many victims of domestic violence do not follow the conventional advice of the advocacy community. They do not call the police. They do not go to shelters or if they do go to shelters, they leave "early" and return to their batterers. The conventional wisdom says that this is an indication that there is something wrong with these women. It is the thesis of this book that there is something wrong with this deficit-focused paradigm. Battered women protect themselves in many ways. The stereotypes of battered women as passive and in denial are based on a mistakenly narrow vi ... More

Keywords: Battered women, domestic violence, resilience, stereotypes, protective strategies, strengths-based framework, intimate partner violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherry Hamby, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Sewanee, The University of the South