Domestic Violence: Tragedy and Hope (Paperback)

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WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: Beginning with a discussion of the magnitude of the problem of domestic violence, the authors present a fictional narrative of "Suzanne," whose relationship with her intimate partner dissolves into abuse and violence, both physical and emotional. What follows is expert commentary on her story by law enforcement, a judge and former district attorney, victim advocate, therapist, and survivor, which provide a unique exploration of the tragedy of abuse and potential means by which it can be addressed. The main theme of the book is the tendency to "blame the victim" for staying in an abusive relationship and the need to understand why leaving can be so difficult and dangerous.

About the Author

Janet L. Kerr, MA, LPC, has worked for the prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence since 1986. Ms. Kerr is a psychotherapist and consultant providing training and technical assistance to professionals nationally and internationally about issues related to Domestic and Sexual Violence. Patricia L. Lostroh has been the Executive Director of Genesis House since 2000. Previously she served as a Victim Assistance Director with law enforcement (1994–2013). Frances T. Pilch is Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. Her most recent book was Invisible: Surviving the Cambodian Genocide: The Memoirs of Mac and Simone Leng, also published by Robert D. Reed Publishers. Dave McCone is a Professor of Psychology at the US Air Force Academy where he studies sexual assault prevention. He gained perspective on domestic violence issues while serving on the Board of Directors for TESSA. Howard Black is currently the Director of Communications and Public Information Officer in the Office of the District Attorney, 4th Judicial District, Colorado. His law enforcement career began in 1978 and includes over 40 years of experience with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO). During that time he managed the Special Victims Section of the Investigations Division. Douglas J Miles is a County Court Judge in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Judge Miles has over thirty years’ experience in the domestic violence field as a prosecutor, consultant, trainer, and judicial officer. He is currently the presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Court, a problem-solving court for repeat misdemeanor and felony DV offenders. Erika Vida started as a first responder volunteer with Colorado Springs PD and found her passion for working with survivors of Violent Crime in 2012. Erika is currently the Program Coordinator for the Teller County Victim Assistant Program, and she is committed to providing trauma-informed resources and supportive services to the community.

Praise For…

“This book, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Tragedy and Hope, starts with a compelling domestic violence story. This book provides an analysis of the story by experienced and expert professionals from all the relevant fields to help us learn from the powerful story. I was especially interested in the law enforcement professional who said when police take a DV call the alleged abuser almost always lies. This interested me because family court professionals do not know what police experts know and so keep forcing children to live with abusers.” —Barry Goldstein, Author of The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and save $500 Billion and Scared to Leave, Afraid to Stay: Paths from Family Violence to Safety


“Professor Pilch and her collaborators capture the dynamics of domestic violence by presenting 'Suzanne’s' case history, a composite, and then offering commentaries from the perspectives of psychology, law enforcement, victims’ advocacy, and the courts. The result is a heightened appreciation of the complexity of this 'pandemic.... raging in our country' alongside COVID-19 and of how diverse causes and potential interventions intersect. Clearly written with minimal jargon, the book offers valuable insights both to professionals and to the broader public.” —David Price, U. S. House of Representatives (D – NC)


“This book is hard to read. That is why we must read it and seek to understand. Years ago, I rode wearing a bulletproof vest with the DVERT group described in these pages to observe the innovative multi-disciplinary teamwork in use to address this unbelievable problem of abuse and violence. The experience changed me. I hope this book will change you if you are not familiar with the gravity of domestic violence and the hope we can bring with understanding and action. This book will make you think, offer hope, and hopefully drive action. Supporting action to combat this insidious violence is one of the most important things we individually and collectively can do. I commend the authors and recommend their work to you.” —Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Ph.D., Chancellor Emerita, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and President, CommuniCon, Inc.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781944297923
ISBN-10: 1944297928
Publisher: Robert Reed Publishers
Publication Date: April 9th, 2021
Pages: 118
Language: English