Review by Choice Review
Sourcebooks have to introduce readers to ongoing debates, up-to-date research findings, current best practices, and likely new directions in broad topic areas. Renzetti, Edleson, and Bergen have collected 24 review essays (and four "special topic" sidebars) that fulfill that mandate admirably in the complex arena of violence against women. The essays are consistently thorough, addressing everything from basic definitions and measurement problems, to complex organization and social movement issues, to national legislation and international human rights activism. The presentations are evenhanded, astute, yet generous about what we still do not know. The authors are appropriately forthright about their feminist commitments. This is an excellent book for researchers concerned with methodological and theoretical problems, for students and faculty wanting to get up to speed on violence against women, for clinicians and service providers seeking benchmarks and evaluation results, and for policy makers who need one-stop shopping for readable materials on background and visions of the future. For every reference collection. L. D. Brush University of Pittsburgh
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