Crimes Against Children Research Center Faculty Book-Length Publications (selected works)
Childhood Victimization: Violence, Crime, and Abuse in the Lives of Young People
by David Finkelhor
Oxford University Press, 2008
excerpt from book cover: In this persuasive book, David Finkelhor presents a comprehensive new vision to encompass the prevention, treatment, and study of juvenile victims, unifying conventional subdivisions like child molestation, child abuse, bullying, and exposure to community violence. Developmental victimology, his term for this integrated perspective, looks at child victimization across childhood's span and yields fascinating insights about how to categorize juvenile victimizations, how to think about risk and impact, and how victimization patterns change over the course of development. The book also provides a valuable new model of society's response to child victimization - what Finkelhor calls the Juvenile Victim Justice System - and a fresh way of thinking about barriers that victims and their families encounter when seeking help. These models will be very useful to anyone seeking to improve the way we try to help child victims. Crimes against children still happen far too often, but by proposing a new framework for thinking about the issue, Childhood Victimization opens a promising door to reducing its frequency and improving the response. Professionals, policymakers, and child advocates will find this paradigm-shifting book to be a valuable addition to their shelves.
A book based on the Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research Conference in July 1998
excerpt from publisher’s website: With the importance of preventing domestic violence now established, we need safe and effective ways to evaluate interventions to see which ones are working and how they can be improved. Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research brings together some of the best minds in the field discussing such vital evaluation issues as policy implications, alternative designs for evaluation studies, and ethical concerns. This comprehensive book approaches the vexed question of evaluation with compassion as well as scientific rigor. Clearly, traditional double-blind studies and control groups are difficult to conduct when family violence is the subject; it is ethically indefensible to sit back and watch abusers hurt their mates or children when interventions are available. Yet finding usable methods of program evaluation is also essential. Program Evaluation and Family Violence Research confronts these questions and discusses practical ways to evaluate a variety of domestic violence programs.
by David Finkelhor and Linda Meyer Williams with Nancy Burns
SAGE Publications, 1988
From publisher: Perpetrators are described and various strategies evaluated for screening them from access to children. The process of detection and disclosure and the professional response to cases of abuse are examined carefully for ideas about how to promote better and earlier reporting. The relative effectiveness of different approaches and types of actions taken by licensing and law enforcement agencies are evaluated. To help work with the victims in the aftermath, the impact on both the children and the community is examined. Policy implications and specific recommendations are included in each section.
excerpt from book cover: Ending marital rape is no simple goal. The steps to providing help for current victims and prosecuting the rapists will require enormous energy. Actually ending marital rape is a goal that is inseparable from the larger efforts to end the oppression of women. Physical and sexual attacks against women are not isolated events. They are part of the social fabric in which economic and legal inequalities, sexist attitudes, exploitation of women’s bodies, and violence are all interwoven.