Book: Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Book Title:

Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence

Author(s): Philip W. Cook.

Year: 2009.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: Praeger.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Say the words “domestic violence,” and images of battered women come to mind.

Yet, the more accurate picture is different, and it crosses genders.

Women strike the first blow in about half of the domestic disputes nationwide, and a National Violence Against Women Survey, funded by the Centres for Disease Control and US Justice Department, found that nearly 40 percent of all domestic violence victims are men.

An award-winning investigative journalist provides a disturbing new look at an under-reported type of domestic violence the abuse of men.

The first edition of Philip W. Cook’s book, Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence (Praeger, 1997), drew attention and praise nationwide from individuals and from media, ranging from CNN and Fox network’s The O’Reilly Factor to scholarly publications such as The Journal of Marriage and Family.

On the 10th anniversary of that groundbreaking book, Cook began revising and expanding his work. The result is this second edition a disturbing look at a trend that continues to increase.

The new edition of Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence offers up-to-date data on the prevalence of intimate partner violence against men, incorporating personal interviews and cases drawn from the media.

It also includes updates on law, legislation, court activity, social responses, police activity, support groups, batterer programmes, and crisis intervention programmes.

Childhood Trauma: Time, Trust, and Opportunities

Research Paper Title

Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road.


  • What is known on this subject:
    • Domestic and family violence contributes to mental distress and the development of mental illness and can reverberate throughout a person’s life.
  • What this paper adds to existing knowledge.
    • Therapeutic work with people who experience domestic and family violence needs to take considerable time to allow the process to unfold.
    • Understanding the triggers that cause past traumas to be re-experienced helps people to recognise and change their conditioned emotional responses.
  • What are the implications for practice?
    • Time needs to be invested to develop a secure and trusting relationship to enable a person to work through childhood experiences that have the potential to overwhelm.
    • It is important for adults who have experienced childhood trauma to have an opportunity to process the abuse to help minimise its intrusion in their lives.


Palmer, C., Williams, Y. & Harrington, A. (2019) Repairing the effects of childhood trauma: The long and winding road. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12581. [Epub ahead of print].