A comprehensive, critical overview of four major issues is provided: wife abuse, premarital woman abuse, rape and sexual assault, and corporate violence. The strengths and weaknesses of various policies aimed at curbing such problems are discussed and suggestions for future research are offered. Included is an extensive bibliography of the literature on woman abuse.
Since its publication in 1991, this book has been used widely in women and family studies programs and in criminology courses at colleges and universities. Woman Abuse: Sociological Perspectives is one of the first books by sociologists to examine this pressing social problem.