Understanding Child Abuse is the first book to look at women
whose partners are child sex offenders. Much of the book is devoted
to the voices of the women themselves, telling their stories and
how they feel about the situations in which they found themselves,
how they coped, and how they remade their lives and those of their
families. They describe what they learned from their experience and
how it changed them.
Such experience is largely overlooked by researchers, agencies
and policy makers and this book throws unique light on this
neglected area. The chapters cover:
- What we know about child sexual abuse, offenders and the effect
of sexual abuse on children.
- A detailed description of the work which allows the women to
explore and compare their experiences and feelings about what has
- Verbatim interviews with both partners and offenders.
Combining theory, practice and personal testimony in a concise
and accessible manner, Understanding Child Abuse is essential
reading for social work practitioners and students as well as
probation officers and anyone involved with child protection. It
will also be of interest to members of the public.
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