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Dangerous Exits: Escaping Abusive Relationships in Rural America.
The book Dangerous Exits: Escaping Abusive Relationships in Rural America is a very important book which deals with the terror faced by many women in rural America in their own homes and the book itself is a contribution which is very valuable to the Violence Against Women field by addressing the three common areas which are found in gender based violence namely; divorce/separation violence, the general experiences of the rural women, and sexual violence like the intimate partner sexual violence. The book was authored by DeKeseredy Walter who is a criminology professor in UOIT (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Martin Schwartz who is a sociologist professor, and Joseph Donnermeyer in the year 2009.
This book has a target audience who include the criminologists, women scholars and students, activists, practitioners and policy makers. The stated goals of the authors of the book was to shatter all the myths which were faced by the rural American women as being idyll of home and hearth, and to bring out and expose with rigor the analytic understanding of the dangers to the women who were battered of both the social and geographic isolation characteristics of the many American rural communities,
Violence against women has been widely spreading in rural America for many decades and has gained a lot of attention from the policy makers, many scholars, and the general public. There has been a great contribution and theoretical understandings from social scientists with most of the attention being focused on the women victimization where the women face separation and divorce sexual abuse and they are willing to leave behind their hostile and abusive partners. The rural communities are the worst hit with the most cases of victimization of women.
Dangerous Exits is a qualitative study which examines the psychological, physical, and sexual violence which is experienced by the American rural women and the women and in a process of leaving the abusive intimate partners. Some of these stories are very touching, heart breaking, insightful, eloquent, sad, and uplifting. The women shared their stories about their abusive partners and how they dangerously quit the abusive relationships
This book fits within the context of other/related material which is covered in this course. The main reason for this is because the book is a very good companion to a graduate course level or an upper undergraduate level. The book tries to identify all the hidden crimes of psychological mistreatment on women, economic blackmail crimes, and the relationships which exist between abuse and patriarchy (pp. 25). The authors of the book have tried to give voice to the women who have...