Sample Book Review Paper on Family Violence across the Lifespan: An Introduction: Book Review


This book was authored to provide readers with accessible information on how to handle family violence. Family violence can be mental, psychological, physical, sexual, and emotional. It is therefore vital to acknowledge family violence is real across global communities. The authors, therefore, provide prevalence, treatments, and prevention measures against family violence. The authors have expertise knowledge in psychology, criminology, sociology, and social welfare hence, skilled and experienced to discuss family violence. The book is chronologically organized to ensure the reader understands all forms of family violence.

Book Review

Foremost, the book is properly organized in discussing family violence. The authors provide history and definitions of family violence. For example, they assert that family violence that has existed in families for a long period of time ought to be recognized as a social problem. This confirms family violence has always been ignored and taken as minor family issue instead of recognizing the psychological, emotional, and physical damages caused. As a result, the authors had to identify and discuss the different types and levels of family violence. They however ensure the main form of family violence is associated with child abuse. Child abuse refers to the act of battering children emotionally, physically, and mentally knowingly and unknowingly. For example, when a child is denied basic rights like playing with friends, attending school, and accessing medical services it constitutes to child abuse. The parents or guardians can perpetrate these forms of abuse. Thus, the authors’ main purpose to assert family violence is perpetrated by family members to other persons of the family organization knowingly and unknowingly is achieved (Barnett, Cindy & Robin, 2011).

The authors assert that, lawyers, doctors, and health care providers ought to play part in ensuring family violence is addressed and resolved. Lawyers ought to be engaged when dealing with family violence in order to ensure family members are protected from parents and siblings who are neither caring nor protective. Doctors on the other hand should be engaged in order to provide medical services in addressing psychological, mental, emotional, and physical damages resulting from family violence. Thus, the role of doctors can be played by psychotherapists, healthcare workers, and nurses among other medical providers (Barnett, Cindy & Robin, 2011).

The book applies statistical information to affirm family violence adversely affects families and society at large. The information applied to author the book is therefore streamlined and updated with the latest discoveries in relation to effects of family violence in the society. For example, the authors use statistical evidence to affirm that alcoholism attributes to family violence through adult, adolescence, and child abuse as well as neglect. The methodology applied is therefore use of theoretical and statistical viewpoints. The authors also focus on debates to gather facts affirming family violence is a broad social affecting the welfares of adults, children, and adolescents among men and women. Thus, the book is based on data collected from diverse societal settings to affirm family violence is an actual issue adversely communities (Barnett, Cindy & Robin, 2011).

The resources in writing the book are also aligned towards enhancing the professional philosophies with regards to family abuse. The resources include information gathered from interviews, research philosophies, and facts from professional gathered abused and abusive family members as well as marginalized groups. The facts applied by authors to write realities of family violence are incorporated within chapter discussions to emphasize the chapter opening. They also emphasize that family violence attributes to emotional abuse. As a result, the authors incorporate historical realities to assert the current information on family abuse is based on debates and critical thinking. More so, the review segments provide the reader with an opportunity to apply personal and professional insights to understand impacts of family violence based on actual cases. The authors also rely on supplementary resources through use of web resources, videos, audio clips, and activities that families ought to undertake to determine if they are affected by family violence. Information applied to author the opening of chapters is properly organized to ensure discussions within the chapter are based on actual facts. As a result, the authors apply realistic data on family violence to link reasons attributing to family violence and the forms of abuse as well as characteristics of abusers and victims (Barnett, Cindy & Robin, 2011).

Book Critique

This book however does not focus on how to resolve societal issues without linking them to family violence. This is because some societal problems are not entirely associated to family violence. For example, some rapists and other types of criminals can affirm their families are stable. Thus, they did not experience any form of abuse and violence as children, adolescents or even adults to encourage embracing criminal activities. Instead, they just adopted criminal behaviors due to lack of self control and worthiness. The authors should therefore focus on discussing societal problems without linking them to family violence. Consequently, the authors of the book should also avoid laying blame and finding solutions.

The book focuses on sexual abuse in attempts to link all societal problems into family violence. Family abuse is more defined and broad than sexual abuse. The authors however mainly focus on sexual abuse, especially among children and adolescents. They should consider the fact that, some adults also undergo sexual abuse. They should also consider that not all forms of family violence originate from sexual abuse. Some are caused by alcohol and substance abuse, lack of family love, care, and protection, absence of parental guidance, and experiencing abuse especially from siblings among others. The authors should therefore acknowledge that, family violence is not defined by sexual abuse. Instead, it should be defined by the different forms of abuse and neglect experienced by both children and adults in a family. The book should also have focused on how parents suffer from family violence without using statistical data to lay blame on adults as the perpetrators of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. This is because some parents also suffer from family violence perpetrated by their spouses as well as children.

In conclusion, it is evident the authors applied a two color design featuring new photos to invite the reader. The authors also ensured the book is educational and eye opening on how societal problems arise. This is because they provide the readers with insights on how to ensure future societal conditions are improved and/or amended. However, the reader is tasked with the responsibility of identifying how societal issues can be resolved with the root cause being family violence based on the statistical and theoretical data applied to author chapters of the book. The authors being experienced in psychological and sociological issues are therefore informative providing the reader with an opportunity to learn and experience the world based on how family settings influence societal conditions.


Barnett, O., Cindy, M., & Robin, P. (2011). Family Violence across the Lifespan: An Introduction. 3rd Edition, Newbury Park, Sage Publications.