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

Individual Victim1-Defined Advocacy Implementation

Individual victim-defined advocacy implementation

The practice of victim-defined advocacy starts with learning about each victim's perspective and priorities, including her risk analysis, life circumstances, and plans. The next interrelated component is to use that knowledge to explore options that will enhance safety, which is understood broadly. This is a dynamic, interactive process—much more than the simple matching of services to presumed need. Risks are reviewed, relevant strategies posed and analyzed, and an implementation plan determined. Woman-defined advocacy is not just “doing what victims want.” Advocates offer their knowledge and resources and then help with putting the plan into action. There is a back-and-forth that brings out the most helpful options and the means to use them. The exchange between advocate and victim ...

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