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A Deafening Silence

This book is born of a contradiction: on the one hand, there has been a genuine advance in the awareness of male violence and actions to oppose it. On the other, male violence against women persists. So too does its denial, and the counter-attack against those who seek to expose it. Patrizia Romito's extraordinary book analyses male violence against women and children, and the mechanisms society develops to push it out of sight. It describes the links between discrimination, violence against women and violence against children, and uncovers the strategies and tactics used to conceal it, including denial, legitimization, euphemisation, blaming the victim and compartmentalisation.Written in a clear and direct style, the author offers both a synthesis of recent international data and a theoretical analysis of the mechanisms of concealment. It is an essential tool for anyone - professional, researcher or activist - wanting to understand male violence against women and children and to oppose it.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Violence and discrimination against women; The theoretical context; Tactics for hiding male violence; Hiding strategies; Conclusions.

About the Author

Patrizia Romito is a professor of Social and Community Psychology at the University of Trieste (Italy). She spent several years working in Geneva, Paris and Stanford (California). She has extensive research experience in violence against women and children, as well as the social responses to it.


"This book is a comprehensive and groundbreaking demonstration that it is the misogyny inherent in most violence against females that constitutes the deafening silence, not the silence of the victims. Romito's brilliant analysis of the many mechanisms involved in hiding this truth is a must-read for anyone concerned about understanding and combating the monumental and devastating problem of male violence against women and children." Diana E.H. Russell, author of the award-winning The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women and many other books on violence against women.

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