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 Practice Issues
Although victim-defined advocacy offers a straightforward framework for action, its implementation can be challenging. The diversity and complexity of victims' lives, ever shifting policy, and systemic responses, along with the unpredictability of violent partners, create a context that can make it difficult for advocates to stay true to victim-defined safety enhancing principles. This section is about four areas in which practice issues regularly arise. Chapter 5 discusses advocacy with victims who remain in their relationship or otherwise in contact with a violent partner, ex-partner, or parent. The many compelling reasons for that contact are explained, along with the harsh consequences for victims when leaving is viewed as the primary safety strategy. Advocacy with and for children is discussed ...