It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay (3rd Revised edition)

It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay (3rd Revised edition)

By: Ola W. Barnett (author), Alyce D. LaViolette (author)Paperback

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This revised and updated edition of "It Could Happen to Anyone" provides a comprehensive examination of why women stay in abusive relationships and why they leave, explaining why women should not be blamed for their victimization. Totally revised and rewritten, the third edition of the widely read and highly praised bestseller "It Could Happen to Anyone" offers all readers a unique amalgamation of the practical clinical experience of Alyce LaViolette and the extensive research efforts of Ola Barnett on battered women and their batterers. The new edition includes a wealth of new material and case examples, and retained sections have been carefully rewritten to reflect contemporary thinking. It continues to provide understanding and empathy regarding this complex issue and presents an integrated learning theory explanation of the conditioning that culminates in wife abuse, in the resulting state of the victim, and in the decision to stay with an abuser.

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About Author

Alyce LaViolette has worked with battered women since 1978, first as an advocate at Women Shelter in Long Beach and then in private practice. In 1979, she founded Alternatives to Violence in Long Beach, one of the first programs in the country for spouse abusers. She specializes in Anger Management, Domestic Violence Counseling for Survivors and Perpetrators, and Gender Issues. She also provides couples' counseling, and a broad base of individual issues. She also serves as an expert witness for criminal and family court. Ola W. Barnett is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. She earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Psychology at UCLA, specializing in Learning. Her initial research centered on batterers, and she later studied battered women and dating violence. She has coauthored two best-selling Sage books (with Alyce D. LaViolette) on why battered women stay with abusive partners. These books provide a scientific explanation, grounded in learning theory, for understanding the obstacles battered women face in trying to break free. She remains active in the field of family violence by reviewing articles for a large number of journals and performing as an external grant reviewer for a few organizations. She serves on the editorial board of the new journal, Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. She also continues research on the impact of transitional housing on the lives of battered women.


1. Weaving the Fabric of Abuse: Learned Helplessness and Learned Hopelessness 2. Institutional Battering: The Power of the Patriarchy 3. Victimization: Why Does It Happen To Her? 4. Living With Fear: The Force That Holds, Molds, and Controls 5. Meltdown: The Impact of Stress and Learned Helplessness 6. Catalysts for Change 7. Voices of Hope: Survivors Speak Appendices Appendix A Appendix B Appendix C1 Appendix C2 Appendix D Appendix E Appendix F References

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/06/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781452277745
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9781452277745
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 1452277745
  • edition: 3rd Revised edition

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