Assessing and Treating Battered Women

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 200. Reviews the book, Empowering and Healing the Battered Woman: A Model for Assessment and Intervention by Mary Ann Dutton (1992). This is a textbook on the assessment and treatment of this population and on the issues of those who work with these women. It is practical and clearly written, and it includes normative data and a wellselected reference list. It will be useful not only to practitioners but also to others such as those in the legal profession who need to understand the impact of domestic violence on battered women. Dutton describes the stress of working with trauma victims and the need to confront with the patient and in oneself terrible and tragic experiences. Whether or not therapists have had victimization experiences in their own lives, major countertransferences of overidentification or detachment may be aroused. It is therefore important for therapists to have access to knowledgeable supervision and to take care of themselves. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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