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 Policy Advocacy

Victim-defined policy advocacy

Advocacy on a policy or systemic level is an essential part of victim-defined advocacy. This work improves and increases relevant options necessary to strengthen individual safety plans and seeks to make all victims safer. A discussion of what we mean by policy advocacy begins the chapter. The next section describes a victim-defined policy process, followed by a brief summary of key concepts to consider in victim-defined policy analysis. This chapter provides a summary and overview, since a detailed consideration of the many intricate policy issues affecting victims or the multiple approaches to policy work are beyond the scope of this book.

Policy Advocacy

In this chapter, the term policy advocacy is used to describe a wide spectrum of activity on behalf of ...

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