Dangerous Exits: Escaping Abusive Relationships in Rural America
By DeKeseredy, Walter S., Schwartz, Martin D.
Publisher, Rutgers University Press, June 2009
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Praise for Dangerous Exits
“This book deserves a special place among the panoply of new scholarship on rural crime. Innovative and multi-dimensional, Dangerous Exits sounds a powerful call for action and policy change.”—from the foreword by Joseph F. Donnermeyer
“Dangerous Exits is a critically important book that details the often invisible terror that many rural women face in their own homes. This books makes a valuable contribution to the field of Violence Against Women by addressing three areas we know far too little about–intimate partner sexual violence, the experiences of rural women, and separation/divorce violence. Dangerous Exits is destined to be a classic-it should be found on the bookshelves of all of us who study violence against women.”—Raquel Bergen, author of Wife Rape: Understanding the Response of Survivors and Service Providers
“DeKeseredy and Schwartz shatter the myth of rural America as idyll of
hearth and home, exposing with empirical rigor and analytic insight the
dangers to battered women of both the geographic and social isolation
characteristic of many rural communities.”
—Claire M. Renzetti, Editor, Violence Against Women
Decade after decade, violence against women has gained more attention from scholars, policy makers, and the general public. Social scientists in particular have contributed significant empirical and theoretical understandings to this issue.
Strikingly, scant attention has focused on the victimization of women who want to leave their hostile partners. This groundbreaking work challenges the perception that rural communities are safe havens from the brutality of urban living. Identifying hidden crimes of economic blackmail and psychological mistreatment, and the complex relationship between patriarchy and abuse, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz propose concrete and effective solutions, giving voice to women who have often suffered in silence.
About the Authors:
Walter S. DeKeseredy is a professor of criminology, justice, and policy studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT).
Martin Schwartz is a professor of sociology at Ohio University