An award-winning investigative journalist provides a disturbing new look at an underreported type of domestic violence—the abuse of men.
Say the words "domestic violence," and images of battered women come to mind. Yet, the more accurate picture is different, and it crosses genders. Women strike the first blow in about half of the domestic disputes nationwide, and a National Violence Against Women Survey, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Justice Department, found that nearly 40 percent of all domestic violence victims are men.
The first edition of Philip W. Cook's book, Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence (Praeger, 1997), drew attention and praise nationwide from individuals and from media, ranging from CNN and Fox network's The O'Reilly Factor to scholarly publications such as The Journal of Marriage and Family. On the 10th anniversary of that groundbreaking book, Cook began revising and expanding his work. The result is this second edition—a disturbing look at a trend that continues to increase.
The new edition of Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence offers up-to-date data on the prevalence of intimate partner violence against men, incorporating personal interviews and cases drawn from the media. It also includes updates on law, legislation, court activity, social responses, police activity, support groups, batterer programs, and crisis intervention programs. The final chapter contains a detailed and specific description of needed reforms in the current approach to intimate partner violence, whether the victims are male or female.
• The latest research figures and up-to-date surveys on the prevalence of intimate partner violence against men
• Personal interviews and cases drawn from media coverage of politicians and other public figures
• A selected bibliography
• Investigates the evidence for abuse of men as a significant social problem
• Includes new material about domestic violence against gay men
• Updates information from the first edition on laws, legislation, court activity, social responses, police activity, support groups, batterer programs, and crisis intervention programs
• Tells victims how to get help and free themselves from abuse
• Recommends necessary reforms in approaches to reducing domestic violence