Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence
Breaking Free, Starting Over: Parenting in the Aftermath of Family Violence
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Annotation: Dalpiaz shows how a caring and thoughtful parent can recognize the devastation of family violence and help children recover and live happy, violence-free childhoods.
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #3534731
Format: Publisher's Hardcover (Large Print)
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Publisher: Greenwood Press
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: 2004
Pages: xviii, 232 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-275-98167-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-275-98167-9
Dewey: 362.82
LCCN: 2003062436
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Voice of Youth Advocates
Children are generally considered secondary victims of domestic violence. Dalpiaz explains that domestic violence is really family violence and that children exposed to it have suffered trauma that can affect every aspect of their lives. This book provides strategies for helping abuse victims, generally mothers, mitigate the damage done to children by the environment created by the abusive parent. Dalpiaz, an abuse survivor herself, presents a clear, concise book detailing possible effects of family violence on children and the steps that can be taken to reverse the developmental damage done by the abuser. She provides professional information gleaned from years of working with abused women and their children, as well as personal perspective gained from her own past as a battered wife and her experiences in raising her nephew, a refugee from family violence. This compelling blend of personal and professional instruction makes this book exceptionally informative but still extremely accessible to the reader. Dalpiaz recognizes the fragility of the adult abuse victim and provides advice for overcoming the cycle of violence and other learned behaviors that can make parenting so difficult. She presents scenarios that could negatively impact the child, such as unsympathetic teachers or further manipulation by the abusive parent, and provides strategies for achieving positive outcomes. It is a wonderfully instructive book that is sure to be of value to any parent in the aftermath of abuse, as well as to teachers, foster parents, and anyone else who has contact with a child exposed to family violence.-Heather Pittman.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [225]-228) and index.
Interest Level: Pro.

What is often labeled domestic violence is, in this book, referred to as family violence, because the emotional terrorism that infuses violence between adults affects not only the adult victims but also the children who witness the abuse. Dalpiaz shows how a caring and thoughtful parent can recognize the trauma family violence inflicts upon children, and how to help them recover and go on to live happy, violence-free childhoods. Safeguarding children, building trust and breaking the cycle of violence is the goal. Once the victim of family violence, Dalpiaz later earned degrees in psychology and early childhood education, eventually launching a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children. Her book will interest not only parents who are victims of family violence, but also foster parents dealing with the aftermath of family violence, counselors, teachers, social workers, clergy, and students of the behavioral sciences.

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