The book they suppressed in England!
emotional terrorist & the violence-prone, by Erin Pizzey
In spite of huge social services expenditures, Canada jails proportionally more youth
than the U.S., many for violent crimes. Most come from violent or broken
homes. How can we break the cycle of abuse-addiction-violence?
Billions are paid to the social service industry annually but many
working there privately admit that money and social workers alone cannot solve these
problems. The money relieves the burden of conscience of many individuals who have
adapted and survived. With the old social and economic orders decaying and
crumbling, however, we can no longer afford to ignore our jails bursting at the seams, and
the Welfare State being complicit in the cycle of violence.
Eventually we will have to concentrate on an alternative strategy of
love and hope for these problem families. Eventually we will have to abandon the model of
idealizing the "victim", demonizing the "perpetrator" and politicizing
the issues. Eventually we will have to explore an alternative strategy which is
pragmatic, personal, and treats the whole family.
In this important book, suppressed in England, Pizzey argues that not every battered
woman is simply a victim. To successfully reduce violence, Pizzy convincingly shows,
workers must distinguish between the emotional terrorist,
addicted to pain and provoking violence, and those truly seeking escape from violence.
This book is the successor to "Scream Quietly or the Neighbours Will Hear",
the first book on wife battering. It is a challenging must read for all those dealing with
family violence, policy-makers, family rights activists -- anyone concerned about violence
The book includes:
Section 1: The Emotional Terrorist
Section 2: Original Research with tables on Distinguishing Battered
Women from the Violence-Prone
Section 3 The complete text, updated, from her suppressed publication
"Prone to Violence", with the exception of the outdated chemicals chapter and
ISBN: 0-88970-103-2 5.5x8.5", 134 pp quality paperback, $19.95
Erin Pizzey founded the first refuge for battered wives in
1971. From that beginning there are now women's shelters all over the world. Over a
period of ten years, Erin Pizzey became involved with about 5,000 women and their children
who came through her shelter. She is also a writer and a journalist. She has two
children and two grandchildren from her first marriage. She has written: Scream
Quietly or the Neighbors Will Hear (also done as a film of the same name), Infernal
Child and The Slut's Cookbook. Pizzey's fiction writing includes The
Watershed, In the Shadow of the Castle, The Pleasure Palace, First
Lady, The Consul General's Daughter, The Snow Leopard of Shanghai,
Other Lovers, Swimming with Dolphins, For the Love of a Stranger, Kisses,
and The Wicked World of Women.
She has completed two world tours lecturing on domestic violence.
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