Stricter enforcement of laws for rape punishment and more fast track courts.

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Rebecca Johnson
2 years ago
I’m tired of people getting away with violating others’ bodies and destroying lives. Rape and other forms of sexual assault and harassment is one of the worst ways to hurt another human being, yet the worst these predators seem to face is 6 months in jail (if that).

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Umaid Rehman
2 years ago
I don't feel safe for my whole family n the future is this dark . Country like inhabiting crows knowing they craw.
To me such men are traitors

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Anita Kanitz
2 years ago
“Standing for diversity in sex is the voice of sexual abuse and standing for sex in unity is the voice of gang rape”
― Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

“If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women we must start from the home for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.”
― Aysha Taryam

“Sometimes the shame is not the beatings, not the rape.
The shaming is in being asked to stand judgment.”
― Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

“The best revenge is creating your own happiness despite a person's wish to take you down.”
― Melinda Longtin

Domestic (Intimate Partner) Violence Fast Facts;
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate partner violence includes victimization by current and former spouses or current and former dating partners. Violence can include physical, sexual, emotional, and economic abuse, according to the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women.
Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, according to the United Nations.

According to a Global Study on Homicide, of all women globally who were the victims of homicide in 2012, an estimated half were killed by intimate partners or family members.
United States:
Each year - Over 12 million women and men are victims of intimate partner violence, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Between 1994 and 2011, the rates of serious intimate partner violence perpetrated on women fell 72%.
14.9% of intimate partner violence victims received assistance from a victims' service agency in 2017, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Facts about Domestic Violence Around the World:
Worldwide, 40-70% of all female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
In no country in the world are women safe from this type of violence. Out of ten counties surveyed in a 2005 study by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 50 percent of women in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Tanzania reported having been subjected to physical or sexual violence by intimate partners, with figures reaching staggering 71 percent in rural Ethiopia. Only in one country (Japan) did less than 20 percent of women report incidents of domestic violence. An earlier WHO study puts the number of women physically abused by their partners or ex-partners at 30 percent in the United Kingdom, and 22 percent in the United States.
In 2006, 89 countries had some form of legislative prohibition on domestic violence, including 60 countries with specific domestic violence laws, and a growing number of countries had instituted national plans of action to end violence against women. In 2003, only 45 countries had specific laws on domestic violence.
Around the world at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family.
In all, women are victims of intimate partner violence at a rate about 5 times that of males.
In the US, domestic violence is most prominent among women aged 16 to 24.
In the US, poorer women experience significantly more domestic violence than higher income women.
The number of people killed as a result of domestic violence in the UK is at its highest level in five years.

Last year, 173 people were killed in domestic violence-related homicides, according to data obtained by the BBC from 43 police forces across the UK - an increase of 32 deaths on 2017.

One criminologist described them as "invisible victims of knife crime".

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was "fully committed" to tackling domestic abuse.

Whilst both men and women are killed by domestic violence, the vast majority of victims are women.

In England and Wales, between April 2014 and March 2017, around three-quarters of victims of domestic killings by a partner, ex-partner or family member were women, while suspects are predominantly male.
Femicide: The murders giving Europe a wake-up call!
On 1 September, a resident of Cagnes-sur-Mer in the south of France spotted a foot sticking out from a pile of rubbish, branches and an old quilt.

It was the disfigured body of a woman, the victim of a brutal attack. Her partner denies her murder.

Salomé, 21, could be France's 100th victim this year of "femicide" - usually defined as the murder of a woman by a partner, ex-partner or family member. The day after Salomé's body was found, a 92-year-old woman was caned to death by her 94-year-old husband.

Within hours, the French government announced a raft of measures to protect women from domestic violence. Other European countries have already reacted to a crime that knows no borders or social class, but the continent is mixed.
President Emmanuel Macron launched the French campaign at a national domestic violence hotline centre, but received a reality check when he listened in on a call.

A woman, who had endured decades of abuse from her violent husband, had finally built up the courage to leave him. She had asked a police officer to accompany her home so she could collect some belongings, but the officer refused, insisting he needed a judicial order to intervene.

He was wrong, but the helpline had no legal authority and the operator could only direct the victim to a support group.

President Macron shook his head in frustration. "Does that happen often?" he asked the operator. "Oh yes," she responded, "More and more
Homicides by intimate partners are overwhelmingly committed by men against women. According to the most recent figures of such murders, the French rate is far from the highest in the EU.
But as Viviana Waisman from Women's Link Worldwide explains, violence against women cannot be simplified by numbers.

"Violence against women is an issue that transcends borders, class and socio-economic status. It impacts women and girls in all societies," she says. "There may be more or less stigma about talking about it in certain societies but it is present in all societies."

Where is murder by a partner worst?

Statistics may not tell the full story, but Romania and Northern Ireland clearly have a problem.

According to Sonya McMullan from Woman's Aid Northern Ireland, "domestic violence is not going away and many women lose their lives every year".

Incidents of domestic violence are rising and protections for women are weaker than the rest of the UK.

In March, Giselle Marimon-Herrera and her daughter Allison were found strangled in their flat in County Down. They were believed to have been killed by Giselle's partner, who was also found dead at the scene.
Connie Leonard was allegedly killed by an ex-partner in 2017 in front of her son with Down's-syndrome. The son also suffered stab wounds.

Unlike the rest of the UK and Ireland, Northern Ireland does not have a law criminalising the use of "coercive control" on a partner.

Funding for women's protection has decreased by 5% and proposals to improve women's safety have been stalled by the lack of a functioning government over the last two years.

France announces anti-femicide measures
The women killed on one day around the world
Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women.
'Society still blames the woman'!

Finland, held up as a beacon of gender equality, also has one of the EU's highest murder rates at the hands of an intimate partner.
"In Nordic countries, women's equal rights are protected in the public sphere but not in the private sphere," Paivi Naskali, a professor of Gender Studies at the University of Lapland, told Open Democracy in 2013.
"The welfare state has given many rights to women, but this policy has concentrated on the labour market... not equality in private life," she said.

Finland has one of the highest rates of femicide in Europe!
The Baltic republics also have a high rate of femicide. Modesta Kairyte, a social activist for domestic violence who volunteers in victim support centres in Lithuania, said the "Soviet era has left some kind of trauma," but mostly the problem is down to attitudes in society.
"Society still blames the woman," she told the BBC. "It's a shaming process."

A woman was admonished if she did not leave an abusive relationship, but equally seen as a failure if she did. There was also a widely held belief that it was better for children if the woman stayed.

"Lithuanian society thinks that it's better for the kids to stay," explained Ms Kairyte. "But all the research shows that they are more susceptible to health issues if they are in an abusive household."
Spain's deadly milestone of femicide

Spain is often held up as an example to the rest of Europe for measures aimed at protecting women against gender-based violence.
In 2004, it passed a law establishing a network of courts specialising in domestic violence and targeted extra money at programmes supporting survivors.
But in June Spain recorded the 1,000th murder of a woman by a partner since records began in 2003.
Beatriz Arroyo was 29 and decided in June to break up with her boyfriend and start a new life. When she went to their fifth-floor apartment near the eastern city of Valencia to tell him she was leaving him, he suffocated her. The next morning, he threw himself from the balcony and died.

Identified as Spain's 1,000th victim of femicide, her death on 10 June was marked as a dark day in Spain's history of "machista" violence.
Image caption Women in Spain dress up as corpses to protest against rising rates of femicide

Of the 1,000 victims, 607 had been killed by their partner, 225 by an ex-partner and a further 168 had been in the process of separating from their partner, reports said.

The number of women killed this year in Spain is already more than double the number recorded in 2018.
What's being done to tackle femicide?

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe this week announced €5m (£4.5m) to help fight femicide, which will provide 1,000 new places in domestic violence shelters and an audit of 400 police stations to examine how women's complaints are handled.
Electronic tags are to be used to prevent offenders approaching their victims and family courts will be allowed to prevent fathers visiting the children of abused mothers.
The hotline where President Macron chose to highlight the campaign saw a big spike in phone-calls on the day of the announcement. According to French TV, 1,661 women rang the relaunched 3919 helpline for victims of domestic violence on Tuesday, compared with an average of 200-300 calls a day.

Women's rights groups believe more money is needed to fight the scourge of domestic violence.

For both Sonya McMullan and Modesta Kairyte, everything comes back to education.
For victims in Lithuania, Ms Kairyte has helped produce a comic book designed to explain different forms of domestic violence: emotional and economical as well as physical.
Image copyright Ugnė Karalaitė
Image caption The comic used in Lithuania to help educate victims of domestic violence!
The books are small, discreet and not obviously an advice leaflet, so they don't get noticed by partners and can easily be slipped inside the cover of another book.
But what if education began far earlier? In Northern Ireland, there is no post-primary curriculum on developing relationships.
Ms Kairyte says teenagers don't understand the value of wording: "Is he being passionate or aggressive?"
Both women used the same words: "It's really important for teenagers to understand what a healthy relationship looks like."
Help and advice:
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations in the UK may be able to help.

All European countries have a helpline:
In France: The 3919 "Violences Femmes Info" helpline has been relaunched
In Spain: 24-hour domestic violence helpline 016 and 24-hour helpline for mistreated women - (0034) 900 19 10 10
In Lithuania: The Women's Line is 8800 66 366
In Finland: The Nollalinja helpline is 080-005-005

Personally, I do not know a single woman, no girl, no female child worldwide who has not been and is not in any way victims of sexual and domestic violence, verbal sexual violence and harassment, child abuse, sexual stalking. That's pretty sad in 64 years of life, is'nt it? Personally, I know two women (one had two childs, aged 9 and 12) who have been brutally murdered by their partners in the past two years because they wanted to break up with them. A very good girlfriend of mine became the victim of a horrible gang rape at the age of 16. An female acquaintance, a mother of three, were knocked out her teeth with her partner's fist and elbow because she refused to engage in sexual partnership change and group sex. Another acquaintance was brutally raped by her grandfather and her uncle in childhood for a long time. The four-year-old daughter of an African pen friend was brutally genitally mutilated, against the will of the father, because the other male relatives demanded FGM of the poor child. My godfather's wife told me as a teenager that she had given up her job as a midwife because she had too often to watch helpless how the brutal men abused women sexually and domesticly during pregnancy, postpartum and childbirth, until they died, and then the male family doctors easily issued the death certificates with the note natural cause of death. Almost all women and girls from relatives and my circle of female acquaintances were and are victims of date rape. The men always mean, no means all the time in fact yes and then they sexually abused the girls and women in heinous way, because they are not able to accept a no to sex. It has not gotten better in the last few years, because through the pornography many men are the meaning, women and girls have to find BDSM sex great, pain and humilation is hot sex, so the young men said. I know two female acquaintances who were sexually abused with BDSM sex against their will, then treated by the young men as garbage, when they no longer wanted this kind of relationship and the young women were called frigid and crazy by both men, also in one case, the the young woman was repeatedly violently smashed against the wall by her boyfriend, then out thrown the house and after hat he sold her things. Another female acquaintance, who had married an Iranian carpet dealer and was beaten together with her daughter daily by him, could only save her life by giving her husband her entire fortune, only then he did agree to a divorce, before he had she threatened that his relatives would kill her and her minor daughter and make it look like an accident. There are endless stories, but nothing seems to change. This is the sad truth and very shameful for the male sex. Men demonstrate for animal rights on the street, but where are the men demonstrating for women's rights on the street?

books about:

I Am Not Your Victim: Anatomy of Domestic Violence by Dr. Evelyn J. Hall (Author), Dr. Beth M. Sipe (Author) :
I Am Not Your Victim: Anatomy of Domestic Abuse, Second Edition, vividly details the evolution of domestic violence during the 16-year marriage of author Beth Sipe. Encouraged to publish her story by her therapist and co-author, Evelyn J. Hall, Beth relates the background and events leading up to and immediately following the tragic act of desperation that ended the life of her sadistic perpetrator. Beth′s subsequent mishandling by the police, the military, a mental health professional, and the welfare system illustrates how women like Beth face further revictimization and neglect by the very systems that should provide support and assistance. Insightful commentaries written by experts in the field follow Beth′s story and deepen readers’ understanding of the causes and process of spousal abuse, why battered women stay, and the dynamic consequences of domestic violence.

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder (Autor);

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY: Esquire, Amazon, Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly

“A seminal and breathtaking account of why home is the most dangerous place to be a woman . . . A tour de force.” -Eve Ensler

"Terrifying, courageous reportage from our internal war zone." -Andrew Solomon

"Extraordinary." -New York Times ,“Editors' Choice”

“Gut-wrenching, required reading.” -Esquire

"Compulsively readable . . . It will save lives." -Washington Post

An award-winning journalist's intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, revealing how the roots of America's most pressing social crises are buried in abuse that happens behind closed doors.

We call it domestic violence. We call it private violence. Sometimes we call it intimate terrorism. But whatever we call it, we generally do not believe it has anything at all to do with us, despite the World Health Organization deeming it a “global epidemic.” In America, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime, and yet it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues, from our economy to our education system, from mass shootings to mass incarceration to #MeToo. We still have not taken the true measure of this problem.

In No Visible Bruises, journalist Rachel Louise Snyder gives context for what we don't know we're seeing. She frames this urgent and immersive account of the scale of domestic violence in our country around key stories that explode the common myths-that if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; that a violent person cannot become nonviolent; that shelter is an adequate response; and most insidiously that violence inside the home is a private matter, sealed from the public sphere and disconnected from other forms of violence. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder explores the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.

The Other Side of Domestic Violence by The Other Side of Domestic Violence;
What's the first thing that comes to people's minds when someone asked, "What is your definition on domestic violence?" Throughout the years, people define this term as physical abuse, which is correct, although it is not the complete answer. We hear the media and other sources when they announced the shocking stories of women being beaten and a lot of times murdered in the hands of their spouses. Physical abuse has been the headlines on the media through decades especially when it must be with a public figure. It is a devastating, horrendous act which doesn't discriminate race, culture, gender, and age. However, the definition that has been projected through years on domestic violence has not been completed. Domestic violence has different sides of abuse: the one which leaves bruise on the exterior of the body and the other one is the silent and unknown. This one leaves painful scars on the inside; the pain can be seen in the faces of this populous. This side is the one where society invites it into their life or they are not aware of the existence of the other side. The Other Side of Domestic Violence was written with the purpose to understand there's no difference from one and the other. Both are painful, destroy lives and leave scars. This book was inspired on the events that took two decades on the author's life. The Other Side of Domestic Violence is about the different types of abuse that has been happening for decades and has not been taken in consideration. Sadly, when people are unaware, they are dragging their loved ones into this type of scenario for instance, their children. The author demonstrates how psychological, verbal, environmental, sexual, and financial abuses affect these people's self-esteem, anguish, loneliness, and depression. All these feelings are the result of a manipulative and cruel minds. Nonetheless, Lydia's story demonstrates that anyone can get out of these types of abuse and be healed from the scars of the other side of domestic violence. "The past can't influence anybody's future; however, it can become the motive to achieve greater opportunities to bless others in the future." When Lydia Gonzalez understood the importance of this truth, her life changed, and she became a totally different person. The Other Side of Domestic Violence presents a life of manipulation, discovering the truth, coping with grief, and making the decision to move on to a new journey.

See What You Made Me Do: Power, Control and Domestic Violence by ess Hill (Autor);
"Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates- in Australia, almost 17 per cent of women over the age of fifteen - one in six - have been abused by an intimate partner. In this confronting and deeply researched account, journalist Jess Hill uncovers the ways in which abusers exert control in the darkest - and most intimate - ways imaginable. She asks- What do we know about perpetrators? Why is it so hard to leave? What does successful intervention look like? What emerges is not only a searing investigation of the violence so many women experience, but a dissection of how that violence can be enabled and reinforced by the judicial system we trust to protect us. Combining exhaustive research with riveting storytelling, See What You Made Me Do dismantles the flawed logic of victim-blaming and challenges everything you thought you knew about domestic and family violence."--Publisher's description.

Home-Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists by Joan Smith (Autor);
What do the attacks in London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster have in common with those at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the Finsbury Park Mosque attack and multiple US shootings? They were all carried out by men with histories of domestic violence. 'Revelation' Sunday Times: Best Book of 2019 'Achieves the rare feat of saying something new' John Bew 'Powerfully written' The Times TERRORISM BEGINS AT HOME. Terrorism is seen as a special category of crime that has blinded us to the obvious - that it is, almost always, male violence. The extraordinary link between so many tragic recent attacks is that the perpetrators have practised in private before their public outbursts. In these searing case .

Don't Hit My Mama: Overcoming the Effects of Childhood Domestic Violence by Renesia D Martin (Autor) ;
In her early thirties, Renesia Martin seemed to have it all together. She was thriving in her corporate career, and she was married to an outgoing and handsome man, in a beautiful home in an upper-class neighborhood. Yet, behind closed doors she was living in the cycle of abuse. Don’t Hit My Mama is a memoir where Renesia recounts what she saw, heard, and felt as a child-witness of domestic violence, and how it impacted her early development, and later in life as an adult. In addition, she openly shares the process she went through to bring restoration and healing, first to herself, and ultimately, to her family.

Words Will Never Hurt Me: Childhood Memories of Domestic Violence by Patricia Middleton (Autor);
In the first half of this book, the author shares her childhood memories of domestic violence in poetic flashbacks. In the second half of this book she talks openly and honestly about how those childhood memories haunted her for much of her adult life and how she eventually discovered that although words do hurt, they can also bring healing, deliverance, freedom, and forgiveness.

A Little Girl Shattered: A Story of a Woman who Survived Childhood Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Rape a Story of Survival and Hope by Rachael Elizabeth Lee (Autor):
It’s the sad tragic story of a woman who turned out to be pretty strong. It’s a true story and a cautionary tale. This is someone you may want to come and talk to a school or a dress your community about the danger that’s actually out there.

After The Darkness: A survivor's TRUE story of childhood incest, rape, abuse, domestic violence , and her ability to overcome the negative impact these events had on her life by Rev. Candace Nadine Breen (Autor);
The author shares her story of childhood incest, abuse , rape and domestic violence. She tells of her ability to overcome these events.Heart aching story with an amazing ending. She was a fighter, surviver, and her own hero! A hard to put down book but an inspiration to so many who wish to make change and create a better world. Powerful message!

Getting Away with Murder: Weapons for the War Against Domestic Violence by Raoul Felder (Autor) ;
Criticizes the practices of police and the judicial system with regard to domestic violence and charges that advocates for battered women hinder efforts to prevent abuse.

Operation Lighthouse: Reflections on our Family's Devastating Story of Coercive Control and Domestic Homicide by Luke and Ryan Hart (Autor), Luke Hart (Autor) ;
On 19 July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight, by the family’s father using a sawn-off shotgun. He then committed suicide.

Why don't you just leave him?: A true story of Domestic Violence by STACEY JAMESON (Autor);
This honest and open autobiography is the true story of a young woman trapped in a relationship that was violent and abusive. Coercive control drove her to the depths of despair. Stacey Jameson had a lack of self-esteem derived from her early child hood. Growing up and dealing with her parent’s divorce, she felt nothing more than an inconvenience to her depressive mother. With severe feelings of inadequacy, she was desperate to be loved and feel that she belonged. When she was a teenager, she met a boy Leon, and fell in love. She had never felt so happy. They both had one common denominator they were both bought up in volatile homes, this was the foundation for a turbulent and destructive relationship. Stacey was welcomed with open arms into the wings of Leon’s twisted family, naive and impressionable she finally felt secure and loved. Stacey’s childhood had made her timid and compliant. Leon’s childhood had made him controlling and narcissistic. Gradually Stacey found herself in an unhappy relationship where her partner thrived on being abusive, yet she still loved him. She was coercively controlled into doing things that just were not part of her character. She was so manipulated she believed she did not deserve any better. So often people look on with judgement at others who are in an abusive relationship, and say “Why don’t they just leave?”. Stacey’s story describes her journey as to why it’s just not so simple to do that. Stacey’s story is one of millions of stories, of people who find themselves caught up in a destructive relationship that they just cannot find a way out of.

Respect-Me Rules by Michael and Shelly Marshall (Author) :
Emotional and verbal abuse often go unnoticed-sometimes even by the abused-until they become something much more serious. This book will teach you about the miracle principle and the proven respect-me method to help you recognize the problem, regain self-respect, and change for the better. These invaluable lessons will help you improve your relationships and get you the support you need.

Boys Don't Cry: One Male Victim's Experience of Domestic Abuse by Lee R Green (Author) ;
The story of one male victim's experience, and that of his children, at the hands of a woman with mental illness. How the relationship began, progressed and how it affected everyone involved.

A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgivenes by Dave Pelzer (Author);
A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer’s inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy.

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to—and nearly did.

The more than two million readers of Pelzer's New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.

A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse by Richard B. Pelzer (Author);
Richard was born forth of five boys in 1965 in Daly City, California. During his childhood, Richard lived the nightmare and horrors we only hear of - known as child abuse. From his earliest memories, Richard recalls watching his older brother David being abused and was the only witnesses to his mother's attempt to kill her son and Richard's older brother. Once the California authorities learned of the unspeakable acts occurring in a suburban California home, the state removed Richard's brother leaving him and three other boys behind. Throughout his adolescence and teen years, Richard suffered physical, mental and emotional abuse at the hands of his mother. Richard spent most of his teenage years moving about the country from Maui, Hawaii to Richmond, Virginia seeking the support and love of a family. Richard barely survived his incredible abusive childhood and his own self-destructive teenage years. After thirty years and with the support of his wife, Richard collected his memoirs and created his first book "A BROTHER'S JOURNEY". This collection of memoirs tells of the emotions and heartache that a child abuse victim carries throughout those tender and short years from ages 5 to 15. "A BROTHER'S JOURNEY is due for release in January 2005. His second book, "FROM PREDATOR TO PREY a teenager's journey" takes a hard look at a young man struggling to find himself. A very honest and straightforward look at the challenges facing teen's that grow up as abused children, "FROM PREDATOR TO PREY" provides a unique insight for anyone who has ever been or will ever be a teenager. The experience and honesty in this work is carefully woven into a life story of challenges, failures and accomplishments of a teenager desperate to find closure and leave his childhood behind him. Until recently he was employed in the banking and financial fields. Richard lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts where he now spends his time as a writer. Currently Richard is finishing his third memoir "CLOSER a man's journey" which tells of the heartbreak and embarrassment found in the pages of his memoirs of years past and the lessons learned. "CLOSER" is a satisfying close to the journeys of a young, red head freckled faced child who eventually made it through and survived a life that few adults could even fathom. By the end of the series, the reader learns that grown men cry and often secretly desire to revert back to the innocence of childhood - at any age and that anything can be overcome if there is a reason to. RICHARD B. PELZER is the younger brother of Dave Pelzer, the bestselling author of Help Yourself and the acclaimed trilogy of personal memoirs, A Child Called "It," The Lost Child, and A Man Called Dave. Richard lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and four children.

Shattered: In the Eye of the Storm by Faye D. Resnick (Autor);
The best friend of Nicole Brown Simpson describes her devastating experiences with the O. J. Simpson trial, offering a inside view of the prosecution and disturbing portrait of the defense team that sought to discredit her testimonyThough Faye Resnick, "Shattered's" author, played only a supporting role in the real-life drama, she became a heroine. She was steady companion and best friend of the female victim, Nicole Brown, formerly Nicole Simpson, wife of the Hall of Fame football player and celebrity. After her friend was savagely slain, Faye's life was shattered. She knew that Simpson had been a woman-abuser. She knew that Simpson had threatened to kill Nicole before he did kill her. And she knew that the rich and powerful Simpson knew that she knew. So she became fearful of ending up like Nicole.

Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam by Zahra Tizro (Autor);
This book offers a new methodological and theoretical approach to the highly sensitive and complicated issue of violence against women in contemporary Iran. Challenging the widespread notion that secularisation and modernisation are the keys to emancipating women, the author instead posits that domestic violence is deeply rooted in society and situated in the fundament of current discourses.

The state, Women and Domestic Violence in Egypt: The ongoing processes underpinning domestic violence against women in light of the fast paced developments in Egypt by Reem El Barbary (Autor) ;
An attempt will be made through this book to examine the severity of Domestic Violence against women in Egypt in light of the patriarchal structures in place vis a vis “state capacity” in terms of the ability of the state to respond; with a particular emphasis on the institutional framework under which domestic violence takes place. The main argument made is that patriarchy has been a key element in shaping or molding the foundations and institutions that administer or run society, and for these patriarchal foundations to be kept up, violence or an unconscious threat of it is required against any entity that challenges it including and especially women. This book will focus primarily on violence among family members, more specifically; acts of violence by males against females in Egypt.

Women and Domestic Violence Law in India: A Quest for Justice by Women and Domestic Violence Law in India: A Quest for Justice;
This book critically examines domestic violence law in India. It focuses on women’s experiences and perspectives as victims and litigants, with regard to accessibility to law and justice. It also reflects on the manner in which the legal process reproduces gender hierarchies.Shalu Nigam is an advocate, researcher and activist working at the intersection of gender, law, governance and human rights issues. She is currently practicing at the courts in Delhi and is associated with the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Delhi, India. She has previously worked with the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, as well as the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi. She is the co-author of The Founding Mothers: 15 Women Architects of the Indian Constitution and has published several other books. She has been a regular contributor to and has published her essays in journals such as the South Asia Journal, Social Action, International Journal of Gender and Womens Studies and Legal News and Views.

Family Violence in Japan: A Life Course Perspective by Fumie Kumagai (Herausgeber), Masako Ishii-Kuntz (Herausgeber) ;
This book provides fresh sociological analyses on family violence in Japan. Aimed at an international audience, the authors adopt a life course perspective in presenting their research. Following a comprehensive overview of family violence in Japan in both historical and contemporary contexts, it then goes on to define the extent and causes of child abuse, intimate partner violence, filial violence, and elder abuse. In doing so, the book is the first of its kind to look at these different types of violence in Japanese families and simultaneously incorporate historical development of individuals and intergenerational factors. Furthermore, its reliance on the life course perspective enables readers to obtain a broader understanding of family violence in the country. Written by five Japanese family sociologists who have identified various major sociocultural characteristics that either induce or suppress family violence in Japan, it is a valuable resource not only to scholars and students of the topic, but also to those specializing in sociology, psychology, anthropology and comparative family studies around the globe.

Violence Against Older Women, Volume II: Responses (Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology) by Hannah Bows (Herausgeber) ;
This book brings together international research from scholars and activists on the forms of violence that older women experience into a unique, comprehensive two-volume set. This volume is concerned with understanding the consequences and impacts of violence against older women. The majority of policy and practice has been developed to reflect the dynamics and contexts of violence affecting young women, and most of the available support services had focused on the needs of those of child-bearing age. This volume sheds light on the specific needs and effectiveness of responses to violence against older women, and identifies both challenges and opportunities for developing services that meet older survivor's needs. It will be of interest to researchers in social and health care, gerontology, sociology and social policy, feminist research and criminology.

The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics by Mr. R. Lundy Bancroft (Autor), Daniel Ritchie (Autor), Dr. Jay G. Silverman (Autor) ;Moving beyond the narrow clinical perspective sometimes applied to viewing the emotional and developmental risks to battered children, The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics, Second Edition offers a view that takes into account the complex ways in which a batterer's abusive and controlling behaviors are woven into the fabric of daily life. This book is a guide for therapists, child protective workers, family and juvenile court personnel, and other human service providers in addressing the complex impact that batterers—specifically, male batterers of a domestic partner when there are children in the household—have on family functioning. In addition to providing an understanding of batterers as parents and family members, the book also supplies clearly delineated approaches to such practice issues as assessing risk to children (including perpetrating incest), parenting issues in child custody and visitation evaluation, and impact on children's therapeutic process and family functioning in child protective practice.

Fierce and Proud! Realistic Self-Defense for Women by Marc Bochner (Autor) ;
Learning self-defense is important for everyone, especially women. Having the knowledge and confidence to defend yourself and your family is invaluable. In Fierce and Proud! Realistic Self-Defense for Women learn self-defense concepts to increase your safety, as well as quick and effective self-defense techniques to defend yourself and your loved ones.Self-Defense Concepts:Learn how to become aware of your surroundings, trust your intuition, and make daily decisions that promote a safe lifestyle. Verbal Defusing:Learn how to use your words and your tone of voice to stop a potential attack.Striking Techniques:Learn how to use your hands and legs to strike and stop a larger adversary from hurting you.Ground Survival:Learn the correct way to defend yourself if an adversary takes you to the ground.Defenses From Common Attacks:Learn how to defend against an adversary who tries to strike, grab, or choke you.Realistic Self-Defense Scenarios:Learn important concepts to stay safe in realistic scenarios that you may encounter in your daily life.

Everyday Self-Defense by Torriente Toliver (Autor) ;
It is one thing to learn someone else’s self-defense philosophy. It is truly empowering to define your own self-defense identity based on your experiences, skills, and desires. You will be introduced to universal self-defense tools, tactics, and concepts which can be combined to fit your needs.

Self-Defense for Women: Fight Back by Loren W. Christensen (Autor);
Somewhere in America right now are four or five women who will be killed tomorrow. They are going about their day, and I know if they were prepared to counter attack in the ways Loren Christensen and Lisa Place teach, they'd have a far better chance of prevailing tomorrow. Gavin DeBecker (from his Foreword), best-selling author of The Gift of Fear.

Beyond Terror: A battered wife on trial for the alleged murder of her husband in Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Raoul D. Revord (Autor) ;
She would be severely beaten and likely killed if she stayed, but certainly killed if she tried to leave. Was it self-defense, or was it murder? To defend his client, one lawyer from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula must find the truth in forensic evidence and through a sensational trial, portray to the jury a drama of the life of Jean and John Davis. Revord’s Beyond Terror tells readers this gripping story of a battered wife who suddenly is left no choice but to end years of domestic violence by killing her abusive husband.

Attorney David Chartier was spending quality time with his family in their cabin near the Upper Twin Lake when a phone call from a highly distressed woman broke the peace and serenity of that evening. It was Jean Davis, David’s longtime client, calling from the Michigan State Police Post where she is being held for her husband’s murder. After years of physical and emotional abuse, Jean abruptly realized that her only chance of staying alive was to kill her husband.

So begins David’s investigation, examination, gathering and analysis of forensic evidence that will provide a defense for his client. Beyond Terror follows the proceedings of the trial, beginning with David’s investigation at the scene until the final verdict from the jury and appellate decision of the Court of Appeals. A shocking and unexpected end to the novel awaits readers.

A trial lawyer for forty-eight years himself, Revord delivers this fictional story—inspired largely on real events—with much precision, capturing the technicalities and the drama involved in criminal proceedings.

Intimate Partner Violence by Elicka Sparks (Autor);
Written by experts with a combined 50 years of experience teaching and researching in the field of domestic abuse, Intimate Partner Violence: Effective Procedure, Response, and Policy provides practical instruction for practitioners and lay people responding to domestic violence, as well as ideas for policymakers working to create solutions to the violence. Narratives by victims of intimate partner abuse provide a framework from which students and practitioners can assess address problems of domestic abuse.

This book focuses on what can be practically done to address the problem of domestic violence for individual practitioners as well as policymakers, lawmakers, and criminal justice practitioners.

Evil Beside Her: The True Story of a Texas Woman's Marriage to a Dangerous Psychopath by Kathryn Casey (Autor);
Sleeping with a monster

At first, Linda Bergstrom's marriage to her husband James was idyllic. They were young and in love; he was about to enter the Navy and she was eager to start a family. But it wasn't long before the dream exploded. James became abusive and violent, prone to sudden bursts of anger, long silences, and unexplained disappearances. But Linda vowed to hold on, despite the pain and fear . . . and her disturbing suspicions about her husband's secret life.

Then, not long after their move to Houston, Texas, she made a terrifying discovery: James's hidden cache containing duct tape, a ski mask, and handcuffs. No longer could Linda Bergstrom deny the hideous truth.

The man she lived with, the man she married for love, was a dangerous psychopath. And there was no escape and nowhere to run. Because no one—not her friends, the Navy, or the police—would believe her.

When Battered Women Kill by Angela Browne (Author);
Drawing on her extensive interviews and an examination of psychological, social, and legal dimensions, Browne presents a unique portrait of the dynamics and development history of conjugal violence. She shows that, in many ways, the victims are a lot like the rest of us, and argues that much of what happens in the early stages of these relationships is consistent with the romantic tradition of male-female interaction. Finding reasons where others have seen masochistic pathology, Browne shows how these women, like other victims, adapted their behaviour to their tormentors to minimize the abuse. They made the radical shift from victim to murderer when a drastic change in the type of abuse shattered the limits within which they had suffered in silence.

The Legal Liminality Of Battered Women Who Kill Their Abusers by Stephanie J. Brommer ;
A 45-year-old Southern California woman is behind bars today because she was convicted of killing her abusive husband, entering prison in 1985 to serve a 15 years-to-life, first-degree, murder sentence. She says that during an 11-year, off-and-on relationship that led to marriage in 1982, her husband repeatedly beat her, broke her ribs and jaw, kicked and stabbed her. She left him numerous times, had obtained a restraining order and contacted a battered women's shelter. Yet, as is common in battering relationships, she often reconciled with her mate. Shortly after another reunion, she was beaten for the last time. After her husband fell asleep, she shattered his skull with an empty wine bottle and stabbed him. She testified at her trial that she had been abused, but no expert witness on battered woman syndrome was called. Her attorney in 1984 thought that it could have hurt her case by suggesting a reason for the killing. Now in prison, she has appealed for clemency from the governor and is backed by a coalition of more than 150 attorneys and advocates who helped prepare clemency petitions.

We Walk With Them: South Asian Women's Organizations in Northern California Confront Domestic Abuse by Stephanie J. Brommer (Author) :
When South Asian women came together in Northern California to help immigrant women who experience domestic abuse in a foreign culture, they faced some community enmity, hegemonic Western conceptualizations of domestic abuse, and restrictive American immigration law. These South Asian caregivers persevered by creating a social space for abused women and by recognizing the politics of culture through their caregiving models emphasizing fictive kin and empowerment. This book profiles three South Asian anti-domestic abuse organizations in Northern California at the turn of the 21st century, and, in so doing, investigates how these non-profit agencies serve abused women and reach out to the diasporic community for support, focusing on culturally appropriate intervention, fundraising and outreach activities, and legal advocacy for abused immigrant women. By examining the outreach and service provided by the organizations, this research also explores how they become a community for social change and kin-like support, politicize tradition, and contest the conventional notions of the gendered organization of public and private life.

Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood, and Privilege on Campus by Peggy Reeves Sanday (Autor):
This widely acclaimed and meticulously documented volume illustrates, in painstaking and disturbing detail, the nature of fraternity gang rape. Drawing on interviews with both victims and fraternity members, Peggy Reeves Sanday reconstructs daily life in the fraternity, highlighting the role played by pornography, male bonding, and degrading, often grotesque, initiation and hazing rituals.

In a substantial new introduction and afterword, Sanday updates the incidences of fraternity gang rape on college campuses today, highlighting such recent cases as that of Duke University and others in the headlines. Sanday also explores the nature of hazing at sororities on campus and how Greek life in general contributes to a culture which promotes the exploitation and sexual degradation of women on campus. More broadly, Sanday examines the nature of campus life today and the possibility of creating a rape-free campus culture.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
by Jon Krakauer ;
From bestselling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana ­— stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.