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This website was create in partial completion of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Education class EDUC 591W
Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions.

I would like to thank our instructor, Kevin Warwick, and my fellow students from the UMass Continuing Education Summer Session 2009.



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About this site:

This site focuses primarily on abuse that occurs between adult partners. Our resource page includes a list of sites that address other forms of abuse. This site is for general information purposes only. If you or someone you know needs help now, please contact a local support organization, or see the National Domestic Violence Hotline site, Abuse in America.

Much of what you read here may be frightening and disturbing. Domestic violence is a frightening and disturbing problem. It is estimated that four deaths occur in the United States each day as a result of domestic violence.  Victims of domestic violence come from every culture, race, economic group, professional or education level, and every age group. Violence does not discriminate. Please do not underestimate the potential for violence to escalate. It can happen to you. It can happen to someone you love.

If you are in Massachusetts, and need help, contract:

Jane Doe, Inc. / Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
14 Beacon Street, Suite 507
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 248-0922 Fax: (617) 248-0902
(617) 263-2200 TTY/TDD
Website: www.janedoe.org
Email: info@janedoe.org


Not all violent partners are male, and not all victims are female. Women are sometimes the abusers. Violence also occurs in same-sex relationships. However, in the vast majority of reported abuse cases, the abuser is male, and the victim female. For this reason, with the exception of our page that specifically addresses abused men, we refer to batterers as male, and the victims as female. If your situation does not follow this pattern, much of the information included here still applies.   woman being threatened


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This site was developed as class project by Evelyn Lee Barney, M Ed candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Class Description:

EDUC 591W: Recognizing Family Values and Initiating Interventions

This course will allow school counselors, teachers, and criminal justice professionals to look at the impact of family violence as it relates to their work. This course will focus on the treatment issues, as well as the impact on adults and children living in that home. The course will examine some of the signs of this and will allow for those working in a school setting to gain a greater understanding of the issues.

Kevin Warwick

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Preventing Domestic Violence by Evelyn Lee Barney is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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