“Sherry Hamby has written a refreshing, myth busting account of supporting women through domestic violence. This book is unique, turns around some untested but widely held beliefs about safety planning, risk assessment and exit strategies and focuses on working with women to build on their strengths and resourcefulness. Thoroughly researched, clearly argued and challenging in so many ways this brilliant book offers advocates, welfare workers, community agencies, court professionals, educators and researchers a wealth of new ideas and resources.” — Lorraine Radford, Ph.D., Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
“Dr. Hamby’s book helps to shift the lens through which we view, and too often judge, the actions of women in violent relationships. The perspective she offers will be useful to researcher and practitioners alike and should find its way into classrooms in the future where professional are trained. Dr. Hamby also asks important questions that both challenge and help us see battered women in a new ways — ways that help ground our community responses to them in a nuanced and fundamental understanding of their strengths, priorities, values and survival strategies. Indeed, the book, which is grounded in both a thorough examination of research on intimate partner violence and careful listening to women’s lived experiences contributes to more complex models of women’s lives.” — Victoria L. Banyard, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire
“This is a powerful book…. [A] must-read for students, researchers, practitioners or anyone else who seeks to move beyond the tired questions of “why doesn’t she leave?” to understand survivors’ arduous struggle to find safety and stability for themselves and their children.” — Lisa Goodman, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Training, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
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From “Battered Women’s Protective Strategies”
One of the worst sins that human services professionals commit is looking down on people with strong religious faith and looking down on church-related ministries.