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



The environment and care that children need for healthy development are threatened—and in some circumstances destroyed—by family violence. A violent person in the household disrupts a child's sense of security. Children see, hear, and feel violence that occurs in their family. They must witness the chaos, dysfunction, and harm when one parent batters another. Without the autonomy or knowledge of an adult, children of all ages are left to try to manage the fear and make sense of strongly conflicted feelings. These experiences can be traumatic. Some children are also hit, hurt, raped, emotionally undermined, or psychologically attacked by a parent or other person in their lives. In all these ways, children are victims of family violence and deserve effective advocacy.

Children need adults to ...

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