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
Victim-Defined Advocacy Approach
Section I is about the framework for victim-defined advocacy. The section begins with an overview of the approach, presenting the core components of both individual and systemic advocacy. The first chapter also sets out the types of violence distinguished for advocacy purposes, discusses the reasons for moving to a goal of safer when working with individual victims, and explains why victims defining the advocacy is the foundation of this approach. As victims' risk analysis, life circumstances, and plans are central to strengthening safety plans, the next two chapters explore in detail the risks victims face and how their perspectives and priorities are formed. Chapter 2 summarizes current research regarding batterer-generated and life-generated risks and how these can interrelate. Chapter 3 ...