Gus Kaufman, Jr., PhD, is Clinical Director, Men Stopping Violence, Inc., 1020 DeKalb Ave., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307.
THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF BATTERED WOMEN IN FAMILY THERAPISTS' OFFICES: MALE PRIVILEGE COLLUDING WITH MALE VIOLENCE
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 233–243, July 1992
How to Cite
Kaufman, G. (1992), THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF BATTERED WOMEN IN FAMILY THERAPISTS' OFFICES: MALE PRIVILEGE COLLUDING WITH MALE VIOLENCE. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 18: 233–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1992.tb00936.x
This paper was originally presented at the Presidential Plenary, “Abuse and Violence: The Dark Side of the Family,” at the annual meeting of the American Family Therapy Association, San Diego, CA, June, 1991.
Kathleen Carlin, MSW, Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence, Inc., has been my primary mentor in this work for 9 years-the overall framework of analysis and many of the specific examples here are based on her work.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Family therapy has not served battered women well. Men use battering to silence women; a woman, once abused, is unlikely to speak honestly in a situation where doing so invites re-abuse. Therefore we rarely perceive, label or deal effectively with male violence toward women, a major source of marital disruption. To stand with the oppressed, we must learn to detect the possibility of abuse, separate the couple, and refuse to collude with criminal acts.