Domestic Violence Advocacy: Complex Lives/Difficult Choices, Second Edition is a comprehensive and highly practical resource for anyone working with domestic violence victims. The essential elements and values of the victim-defined approach provide the foundation for a completely revised exploration of all victims' perspectives and advocates' role. This Second Edition draws on the far-reaching progress and increased knowledge of the field and delves deeply into the experiences of victims, their perspectives and decision-making, culture, and risks. Attentive to the real world context of limited time, resources, and options for victims and for advocates, this enlightening text focuses on what is feasible and offers ideas for working within such constraints

Systems Advocacy
Systems advocacy

This section is about advocacy at a systemic level. Chapter 9 begins this discussion with a look at the advocacy environment and how it affects both victims and advocates. Key factors discussed are the agency's demonstrated commitment to victim-defined advocacy, along with its maintenance of the conditions necessary for providing and receiving such advocacy. Strategies for supporting advocates as they fulfill difficult responsibilities under often-harsh circumstances are also explored.

A premise of individual victim-defined advocacy is that advocates must work with the realities and opportunities available to each victim—a method that clearly identifies victims' often-meager options. Advocacy that helps guide victims through systems that offer few, poor, or no options is pragmatic and helpful but ultimately only makes the best of a less-than-ideal ...

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