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Don't Underestimate Battered Women

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Annie Abram PhD

Annie Abram PhD


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Today, Dr. Annie Abram and Dr. Sherry Hamby will discuss domestic violence, using a new paradigm that challenges traditional perspectives about battered women and provides a new way of understanding this complex problem.

"........ the incredible creativity and resilience of battered women is little recognized by some who work with victims of domestic violence and much of the general public. Many battered women engage in protective strategies and actively cope with the problem of victimization. In fact, counter to some stereotypes, nationally representative data shows battered women in the U.S. seek professional help from law enforcement at rates similar to other crime victims, and seek professional help from advocates and counselors at rates similar to those with other psychological problems".  Sherry Hamby, PhD.

Dr. Sherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South. She is also founding editor of the APA journal Psychology of Violence. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence. She is co-investigator on the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence. She is the recipient of numerous honors and author or co-author of more than 100 works including The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse. Dr. Hamby’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and hundreds of other media outlets.  Her most recent book is Battered Women's Protective Strategies:  Stronger Than You Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).