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Domestic Abuse: Contemporary perspectives and innovative practices

Oona Brooks-Hay, Michele Burman, Clare McFeely

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24 May 2018
Dunedin Academic Press
132 pages - 138 x 216 x 12mm
Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care
Domestic abuse is a persistent global health and social problem with far reaching consequences at both an individual and a societal level. Internationally, significant progress has been made in addressing domestic abuse and responses to the problem have evolved rapidly in recent years. However, considerable challenges still exist across a range of jurisdictions in terms of how to define, conceptualise, prevent and respond to domestic abuse. The Scottish Parliament has developed a distinctive approach to defining and addressing domestic abuse, informed by a history of feminist activism, and has adopted a gendered definition of domestic abuse not shared in other parts of the UK. This approach explicitly positions domestic abuse as both a cause and consequence of gender inequality. In Scotland, domestic abuse is therefore addressed within an equalities framework. Whilst this approach is underpinned by international treaties shared by other countries, Scotland’s approach is considered to be particularly progressive. By illustrating contemporary research and practice in Scotland, and situating this evidence within an international context, this volume provides a valuable source of national and international knowledge for those working and studying across a broad range of sectors, including health, education, housing, social work, criminal justice, law and politics. A feminist theoretical perspective, which recognises domestic abuse as a function of gendered inequalities, is adopted as a framework for understanding the research evidence and practices discussed throughout the book.
Acknowledgements. Glossary of Abbreviations. Contributor Biographies. Foreword (Marsha Scott): It’s Different in Scotland. 1: (Oona Brooks-Hay, Michele Burman and Clare McFeely) Introducing Scotland’s Approach to Domestic Abuse; 2 (Oona Brooks-Hay and Michele Burman): Understanding, Defining and Measuring Domestic Abuse; 3: (Oona Brooks-Hay) Policing Domestic Abuse: The gateway to justice? 4: (Michele Burman) Domestic Abuse: A continuing challenge for criminal justice; 5: (Clare McFeely and Katie Cosgrove) Domestic Abuse and Health: Meeting the duty of care; 6: (Nancy Lombard and Roy Harris) Another Brick in the Wall? Preventative education in Scottish schools; 7: (Fiona Morrison and Anna Mitchell) Domestic Abuse and the Role of Children and Families’ Social Work; 8 (Clare McFeely, Michele Burman and Oona Brooks-Hay): Conclusion: Looking back, moving forward (‘Ahin/gang forward’). References. Index.
Oona Brooks-Hay, Lecturer in Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, University of Glasgow; Michele Burman, Professor of Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research, University of Glasgow; and Clare Mcfeely, Lecturer, School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, University of Glasgow.
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