The title conveys exactly the content of the book, with the main thrust concerning good practices for working with violence in health and welfare. All 13 chapters, written by different authors, are absorbing and well-referenced... There is a welcome focus on multi-disciplinary team-working, which cements the book's underlying message that violence should be explored within an interprofessional context. Most certainly, this is important reading for health, social and probation service professionals, managers and students.
The book covers both adults and children, both genders and different cultures, which gives the reader a very wide area to learn form. It should attract a vast readership amongst all health care professionals providing both primary and secondary care. In this very complex topic, the authors outlined interesting case histories. Some of the facts were alarming, which highlighted that as an A&E nurse, my knowledge of this area was very limited... It supplied an in-depth information with sound research and literature searches with a list of eminent contributors. The lists of further reading and references at the end of each chapter are useful methods to assist students interested in further researching this topic.