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It Could Happen to Anyone

It Could Happen to Anyone
Why Battered Women Stay

Third Edition
  • Alyce D. LaViolette - Alternatives Counseling Association, California, Institute of Rural Management, Gujarat
  • Ola W. Barnett - Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, Pepperdine University, USA

April 2013 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This revised and updated edition of It Could Happen to Anyone provides a comprehensive examination of why women stay in abusive relationships and why they leave, explaining why women should not be blamed for their victimization.Totally revised and rewritten, theáthird edition of the widely read and highly praised bestseller It Could Happen to Anyone offers all readers a unique amalgamation of the practical clinical experience of Alyce LaViolette and the extensive research efforts of Ola Barnett on battered women and their batterers. The newáedition includes a wealth of new material and case examples, and retained sections have been carefully rewritten to reflect contemporary thinking. It continues to provide understanding and empathy regarding this complex issue and presents an integrated learning theory explanation of the conditioning that culminates in wife abuse, in the resulting state of the victim, and in the decision to stay with an abuser.
1. Weaving the Fabric of Abuse: Learned Helplessness and Learned Hopelessness
2. Institutional Battering: The Power of the Patriarchy
3. Victimization: Why Does It Happen To Her?
4. Living With Fear: The Force That Holds, Molds, and Controls
5. Meltdown: The Impact of Stress and Learned Helplessness
6. Catalysts for Change
7. Voices of Hope: Survivors Speak
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C1
Appendix C2
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F

A very good read and a few chapter's that really helped with safeguarding issues .

Mrs Samara Farook
Training, Meridian Centre
October 1, 2015

This book is very accessible and insightful to the whole area of domestic abuse and understanding victims and their behaviours / psychological traits associated with their abuse.

I would highly recommend to all professions that have to deal with aspects of domestic abuse / intimate partner violence.

Mr Robert Bielby
faculty of health and social care sciences, Kingston University
January 24, 2015

A thought-provoking book for social work students who often raise the question of why people stay in abusive relationships and for students who don't have the opportunity to work in a placement dedicated to this field of SW. It equips students with knowledge in readiness for practice.

Miss Helen Carr
Social Work, Community and Mental Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
February 24, 2014

Alyce D. LaViolette

Alyce LaViolette has worked with battered women since 1978, first as an advocate at Women Shelter in Long Beach and then in private practice. In 1979, she founded Alternatives to Violence in Long Beach, one of the first programs in the country for spouse abusers. She specializes in Anger Management, Domestic Violence Counseling for Survivors and Perpetrators, and Gender Issues. She also provides couples' counseling, and a broad base of individual issues. She also serves as an expert witness for criminal and family court. More About Author

Ola W. Barnett

Ola W. Barnett is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.  She earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Psychology at UCLA, specializing in Learning.  Her initial research centered on batterers, and she later studied battered women and dating violence.  She has coauthored two best-selling Sage books (with Alyce D. LaViolette) on why battered women stay with abusive partners.  These books provide a scientific explanation, grounded in learning theory, for understanding the obstacles battered women face in trying to break free.  She remains active in the... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452277745