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

Overview of Victim-Defined Advocacy

Overview of victim-defined advocacy

Victims know. Through the violence, the betrayal of trust, the pain and the chaos, victims know what they are experiencing and what would make things better. Advocates help. With limited resources, no easy answers, and sometimes ineffective or even harmful systemic responses, advocates bring compassion, analysis, and access to options. The combination of victim knowledge and advocate assistance makes victims safer. This partnership is victim-defined advocacy.

A victim-defined approach to advocacy begins with understanding each victim's perspective. This component includes learning about her1 risk analysis and life circumstances, along with her priorities, past and current safety plans, and relationship decisions. The second component requires working with the victim to build a partnership; review risks; and identify options relevant to ...

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