This book takes an ecological approach to examining violence and abuse within the context of families. Easy-to-read chapters are organized by exploring the
Scope of the Problem, definitions of key terminology, predictors, and consequences of different forms of maltreatment. Attention is paid to larger social systems that can contribute to abuse, as well as community, relationship, and individual predictors of both perpetration and victimization. Additionally, there is an emphasis on both prevention and intervention of family violence at various levels of the ecological model.