Vistas Online 2006

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Counseling Victims of Crime Within a Law Enforcement Setting: An Innovative Victim Service Delivery Model

Carol H. Gipson and Heidi R. Bennett


Domestic violence is as old as recorded history, legally and socially acceptable into modern times. By the 18th century, the “Rule of Thumb” was accepted as law in English. That is, a man could beat his wife with a stick that was no bigger around than his thumb. American colonial law adopted this guideline. Wife beating was legal in the US until Maryland made it a crime in 1883. There were no domestic violence shelters until 1964 when “Haven House” opened in San Gabriel Valley, California. Even into the era of civil rights advocacy, one 1970s Harris poll found 1 in 5 Americans – including women – still approved of man hitting wife under certain circumstances.

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