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    Cook, Philip J. and Ludwig, Jens (2000). GUN VIOLENCE: THE REAL COSTS. Boston, Mass.: Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0195137930
         The effects of gun violence in the United States go far beyond the costs borne by the legal system, according to the authors of this convincing, if technical, study. Calculating the costs of the roughly 110,000 annual gun-related deaths and serious injuries, the authors argue that gun violence is a public health problem that costs Americans about $100 billion a year. But most original and enlightening in this study is that in their cost-benefit outlook, the authors measure not only the financial but the emotional costs of a gun-filled society, which encompasses “not just victims but potential victims and those who are linked to those potential victims .In short, most all of us bear some part of the cost of gun violence.” The authors go even further, arguing that “many of the interventions designed to separate guns from violence essentially pay for themselves.” With all the evidence Cook and Ludwig marshal about the effects of gun violence, one might expect them to propose strict gun control measures. But instead they propose a series of limited reforms —mandatory registration of handguns, more police patrols against illegal gun carrying, increased sentencing for gun crimes. (From Publisher’s Weekly)

    De Anda, Diane and Becerra, Rosina (2000). VIOLENCE: DIVERSE POPULATIONS AND COMMUNITIES. New York: Haworth Press, ISBN: 078901162X
         This comprehensive volume provides new empirical research and theoretical models to help you understand the impact of violence in various ethnic and cultural groups. The book covers violence in the community and domestic violence, with special focus on adolescents and violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, spouse/partner abuse, and elder abuse. The book looks at such neglected populations as Mexican, Korean, Vietnamese, and Cambodian immigrants as well as Black, Caucasian, and Latino cultures. (From the publisher)

    Götz, Ignacio (2000). MANNERS AND VIOLENCE. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, ISBN: 0275970078.
         Götz examines a major cause of violence in society — the loss of respect for our neighbors evidenced by the decline of manners and courtesy. A major focus is the school’s failure to instill respect and its promise as an instrument for its recovery. (From the publisher)

    Meyer, Kenneth C., Brunk, Gregory G. and Wilson, Laura Ann (2001). THE SOURCES OF VIOLENCE IN AMERICA AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. Springfield, Ill.: C.C. Thomas, ISBN: 0398071500
         This book discusses the sources of violence, examines why people use violence against law enforcement officers, relates the functions of the police to the sources of violent behavior directed against them, and shows how law enforcement officers can find themselves caught between conflicting demands that do not easily submit to reconciliation. Systematically presented are major theories associated with criminal violence which include: structural-functionalist models, control, strain, symbolic interaction, cultural deviancy, labeling, contagion, and political economy theories. In addition, many useful tables are provided, and the appendices include data regarding the percentage of law enforcement officers assaulted and feloniously murdered by year and geographical region. (From the publisher)

    Mooney, Jayne (2000). GENDER, VIOLENCE AND THE SOCIAL ORDER. New York: Palgrave, ISBN: 0312231571
         This introduction to contemporary social theory examines theories that seek to explain the existence of widespread violence against women. A range of theories, from liberalism to evolutionary psychology, is considered, culminating in the development of a distinctive feminist position. Contradicted is the common belief that violence is a relatively infrequent occurrence that focuses on men in public space and that it is perpetrated by strangers. On the contrary, violence is a common event that is focused equally on men and women, occurs in equal proportions in the public and private spheres, and is frequently committed by non-strangers. In combating violence, the long-term goal must be to change the behavior and attitudes of offenders, and in the short-term, ameliorating the plight of victims. Although all agencies should be mobilized, the solution to the problem of domestic violence does not, in the long run, lie with the police but in structural change, particularly in the arena of gender relationships. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Nicoletti, John, Spencer-Thomas, Sally & Bollinger, Christopher (2001). VIOLENCE GOES TO COLLEGE: THE AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE TO PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION. Springfield, Ill.: Charles. C Thomas Publisher, ISBN: 039807190X
         This book is a solution-oriented resource for preventing the growing problem of violence on college campuses. A police psychologist, a health psychologist and a residence life director create “how-to” prevention resources that give real answers to real issues such as: Sexual Assault, Hazing, Hate Crime, Rioting, Workplace Violence, and more.

         This handbook is designed to prepare professionals to swiftly and compassionately meet the multiple needs of women and children who have suffered from domestic violence. This original and indispensable volume focuses on the numerous advances in legal remedies, program developments, treatment protocols and multidisciplinary perspectives. It is a comprehensive guide to the latest research, public policies, and legal and criminal justice responses, covering federal and state legislation as well as trends in police and court responses to domestic violence. This is the first book to include court-based technology developments and new research related to the duration and intensity of woman battering. Highlighting actual cases and promising programs, the handbook also addresses important social work issues, including risk assessment protocols, a new five-level continuum of woman battering, intervention methods, and treatment models. (From the publisher)