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Table of Contents

Preface: The Power of Love Chapter 1: Woman, Abuse, and Social Work: What's Love Got to Do with It? Chapter 2: Dominant Stories about Love: History (Never) Repeats Chapter 3: Popular Stories about Love: Love, Love Me Do Chapter 4: First and Second Wave Feminist Stories about Love and Abuse: All's (Not) Fair in Love and War Chapter 5: Third Wave Feminist Stories about Love and Abuse: Pleasures and Paradoxes Chapter 6: Using a Narrative Feminist Perspective: Analyzing Women's Stories of Love and Abuse Chapter 7: Love and Abuse in Childhood: It's Not All Sugar and Spice Chapter 8: Romance, Love, and Abuse in Early Adulthood: Cinderella's (Un)happy Ending? Chapter 9: Love and Abuse in Adulthood: When Love Is (Not) the Answer Chapter 10: Reviewing the Scripts for Loving: (Not) Losing Hope Chapter 11: Revising the Scripts for Loving: Trying to Move On Chapter 12: Still Wanting Love, But Not Wanting Abuse Chapter 13: Changing Worlds: Future Possibilities for Professional Practice

About the Author

Dr. Heather Fraser is a senior lecturer in social work at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her teaching and research focus on violence and abuse, critical social work, advocacy, and social action.


Fraser has a tremendous talent for making complex ideas clear. Theory is beautifully woven in with the narratives. As a lesbian I felt very included, and as a poverty-class/working-class woman I felt my experience honoured. This is a great book." - Susan Strega, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

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