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

Victims in Contact

Victims in contact

Victim-defined advocates meet victims where they are.1 Many, many victims are still in relationships or families in which there is violence or even if they've left are still “in contact” with partners or family members who are violent (see Figure 5.1). We strongly state that advocacy with this population is not about encouraging victims to stay or in any way abandoning the option of leaving. We believe every victim should have a meaningful right to make the decision about her/his relationship and the resources necessary to leave if that is her/his choice. However, as a field and as a society, we are not yet able to ensure such options. Safety for victims in contact requires advocacy beyond leaving (Davies, 2009). ...

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