Synopses & Reviews
A radical new take on the crisis of intimate abuse, Violent Partners argues that as a culture we misunderstand the root causes and basic effects of abuse, and until that changes there is no hope of fixing the problem. Dr. Linda Mills challenges assumptions, tears down myths, and offer solutions, all the while telling riveting stories of couples who have conquered violence in their relationships. In Violent Partners, she describes several programs that hold promise for addressing intimate abuse, including two nationally known and groundbreaking treatment programs-Peacemaking Circles and Healing Circles. Controversial, provocative, and accessible, Violent Partners is unlike any other book on abuse and relationships, and highlights in great detail the complexities of violence through the stories of men and women who have acknowledged their abuse and sought to do something about it. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand violence in their own relationship, friends and family members of victims and abusers, and legal and mental health practitioners looking for a new and valuable approach to treating couples in crisis.
Lawrence W. Sherman, Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Cambridge University
“Linda Mills is the indispensable guide to solving the problems of domestic violence. No one can enter the policy debate on these issues in an informed way without reading her eye-opening and rigorous analyses.”
“A heartfelt view of how forgiveness can be a tool of empowerment and healing.”
Midwest Book Review
“Any general-interest or health library needs this.”
New York Law Journal
“An excellent read featuring numerous case studies, research and analysis, and stories that lead the reader on a journey from ignoring DV issues to where we are today—to an alternative way of attempting to end the cycle of abuse.”
“Violent Partners has lessons for each of us in rethinking violence contexts and admitting our individual contributions to the aggressions that befall us in our daily lives. An excellent read for any audience!”
“Even if one does not agree with Mills’ theoretical focus, one can still find some intriguing clinical possibilities in her systemic approach to healing violent relationships.”
A highly controversial approach to the crisis and treatment of intimate abuse, Violent Partners offers new evidence that abuse is a shared experience in which both victim and abuser are active participants
About the Author
Linda G. Mills, J.D., Ph.D., is Founder of the Center on Violence and Recovery at New York University, where she is also a Professor and Senior Vice Provost. She has appeared on Oprah,” Bill Moyerss Now,” and The OReilly Factor” and has been featured in the Boston Globe, the New York Times Magazine, and more. Her op-eds have appeared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday. She lives in New York City.