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

Risks Victims Face

Risks victims face

Battering intimate partner violence (IPV) poses a wide range of risks; it is much more than physical violence. Women think of themselves and are seen in many ways—as mother, wife/partner, member of a community or culture, family member, person with particular skills or job, friend, person with a particular reputation and social standing, etc.—and each identity can be threatened by a battering partner. This chapter reviews these risks in the context of battering IPV. Nonbattering IPV can also be accompanied by individual risks—or a smaller combination of them—but generally does not include as many or occurs over a briefer time period and does not contribute to the pattern of power and control that characterizes battering IPV.

The chapter explores the range ...

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