What kind of man deliberately hurts the woman he loves? Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than seven hundred abusive men, as well as therapy with hundreds more, Dutton paints a dramatic and surprising portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner.read more
With so much focus on victims, the batterer and what contributes to his behavior is frequently overlooked. By understanding that the batterer is created from a unique combination of genetic propensity, abusive/absent father, distant/disengaged mother, and societal trends denigrating women, maybe, just maybe future generations of children with abusive potential can be identified and interventions can be made to mitigate the damage of this inter-generational victimization cycle.Dutton has made great strides in understanding the unique circumstances which create abusive people. This book is well written and the conclusions are well supported with clincal data. The next step will be developing early interventions for children exposed to violence in the home, and assisting victimized adults to reconnect with their children.read more
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University of British Columbia psychology professor Dutton specializes in treating batterers. A batterer's mind, he says, is ``a place of anguish and self-loathing.'' Writing with Golant (coauthor with Rosalyn Carter of Helping Yourself Help Others) he discusses the symptoms, characteristics and, in some cases, the cure for such violent behavior. Most repeat batterers, he maintains, suffer from a fragile sense of self, usually the result of a shaming father, an only intermittently available mother and violence in the family. For the batterer, an episode of violence involves three stages: buildup of tension, battering and contrition. Dutton rejects neurological and metabolic causes and sees symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in the fear-filled attachment of the batterer to the woman he batters, whom he needs. Dutton shows how group therapy has occasionally been successful in treating batterers. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved