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The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality

Intimate Violence Across the Lifespan

Interpersonal, Familial, and Cross-Generational Perspectives

Authors: Band-Winterstein, Tova, Eisikovits, Zvi

  • Provides a lifespan perspective detailing how violence developed, changed, and became a way of life instead of sequentially addressing child abuse, woman battering, and elder abuse
  • Describes ways people age in violence
  • Uses the family as the unit of analysis
  • The book assembles and presents multiple views from family members, ranging from the elderly partners to their now adult children
  • Explores the question of whether the persons interviewed are primarily elderly people who experience violence, or violent and victimized people who grew old
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About this book

Evidence pertaining to continual violence throughout the life cycle coupled with the experience of growing old in a life permeated by intimate violence is scarce. And the focus is usually on the victims ─ usually, the older, battered women ─ and seldom on their aging partners or adult children who were part and parcel of the violent dynamics in the family system. With the increase in longevity and the older population’s subsequent growth in size, the number of elderly couples living and aging in long-lasting conflictive relationships is on the rise.

The relatively intense preoccupation with elder abuse in the gerontological literature in recent years has not specifically addressed long-term intimate violence among the old adults and its lasting consequences. Similarly, the literature on intimate intergenerational relationships in old age has usually focused on normative exchanges between partners and their extended family, including their adult children. Therefore, conflictive relationships, and particularly violent ones, have also fallen outside the scope of this body of research. This volume describes and analyzes the various perspectives of family members concerning life, and particularly old age, in the shadow of long-term intimate violence. It explores how people make sense out of living and aging in violence, how interpersonal, familial and cross-generational relationships are perceived and reconstructed and how “we-ness” is achieved, if at all, in such families.

About the authors

Tova Band-Winterstein is an assistant professor of gerontology and nursing at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences and a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Ageing. Her career combines ongoing involvement in clinical practice and supervision with applied research in the field of gerontology and intimate partner violence across the lifespan. She funded the Unit of Elder Abuse at the Haifa Municipality and conducted with colleagues the First National Elder Abuse and Neglect study in Israel. The results of this survey had a significant impact on changing the welfare and financial establishment’s attitudes toward elder abuse and neglect. She acquired national and international reputation though her work as consultant for policy and practice model development. Since her Ph.D. dissertation dealing with the phenomenology of elder abuse and throughout the lifespan, her writing expresses the much-needed insider’s view of elder abuse by giving voice to the old persons who experience it. She published a book on the topic in Hebrew in 2008 and several articles published by professional journals in the field of elder abuse and intimate partner violence.

Zvi Eisikovits is a professor of social welfare at the University of Haifa School of Social Work and director of the Center for the Study of Society. Zvi is Israel’s leading expert in research on intimate partner violence. In recent years he led the First National Survey on Intimate Partner Violence in Israel and the First National Survey on Elder Abuse and Neglect and is presently conducting a national survey on child abuse and neglect. He established the Haifa Research Group on Intimate Partner Violence, which acquired a national and international reputation, and a research center he is currently heading. His publications include about 100 articles and 4 books on intimate partner violence and intervention with children and youths at risk. He conducted research in Israel, the United States, Germany, Thailand, Cyprus, and Eastern Europe and supervised a large number of doctoral students who presently serve as faculty members in Israeli and American Universities. He is the funding co-director of a national nonprofit organization called AMINUT established by academics, politicians and professionals to prevent violence. He serves on some editorial boards of journals such as Violence Against Women, Child and Youth Care Forum.

Reviews

“This book explores domestic abuse across the lifespan and how the aging process impacts these relationships. It also looks at interventions that can be useful to elderly individuals. … This book explains the important issues for family members and discusses intervention strategies focusing on finding meaning in these relationships. This is an important book for clinicians who treat families and intimate partner relationships.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, May, 2015)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Reflections on Aging and Violence: The Writers’ Perspective

    Band-Winterstein, Tova (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • Living in an as-if Reality

    Band-Winterstein, Tova (et al.)

    Pages 17-25

  • Carrying the Burden for a Lifetime carrying the burden

    Band-Winterstein, Tova (et al.)

    Pages 27-75

  • The Rebirth of Meaning rebirth of meaning : Giving Meaning to Life in Violence

    Band-Winterstein, Tova (et al.)

    Pages 77-91

  • The Family family we-ness We-ness in the Shadow of Long-Term Violence long-term violence

    Band-Winterstein, Tova (et al.)

    Pages 93-109

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-1354-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-1353-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-5231-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intimate Violence Across the Lifespan
Book Subtitle
Interpersonal, Familial, and Cross-Generational Perspectives
Authors
Series Title
The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1354-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1354-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1353-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5231-1
Series ISSN
1572-5642
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 137
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