Culture and Family Violence : Fostering Change Through Human Rights Law

Roger J. R. Levesque, PhD, JD

November 2000
264 Pages

Families should be a safe haven from the trials of life, but tragically they are the source of physical threat to many. Why are some families so violent and how does culture unwittingly sanction such behavior? Roger J. R Levesque brings his expertise as both a lawyer and a psychologist to this searing analysis of the family. In this eloquent new book, he outlines the source for so much of the suffering in families and finds a way out.

Levesque sees the solution to family violence in the mandates of global human rights laws. These mandates regrettably remain ignored, misunderstood, and outside popular consciousness. This text offers an exceptional foundation for understanding the evolving human rights mandates and for seeing how these developments can assist in efforts to understand and respond to family violence. The text reveals how human rights, by harnessing cultural forces, can influence how cultures define certain forms of violence, serve as buffers from violence, and determine the success of intervention efforts. Levesque also charts ways to respect legitimate cultural practices while ensuring greater protections from violence. From psychologists and social workers to family law attorneys and human rights advocates, this book is a must for those concerned with violence prevention and protection.

This book is part of the Law and Public Policy: Psychology and the Social Sciences book series. Series Editor: Bruce D. Sales. Co-Editors: Stephen J. Ceci, Norman J. Finkel, and Bruce J. Winick.

Other APA Books by Roger J. R. Levesque:

  • Adolescents, Sex and the Law:Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Citizenship