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

Advocate Role with Violent Partners

Advocate role with violent partners

A person who uses violence against a partner, whether battering or nonbattering, negatively affects his victim's physical safety, financial stability, and well-being. The effects, well documented in Chapter 2, can be destructive and far-reaching. It is clear that battered women and their children are endangered by the violent and controlling behavior of partners who batter. The physical and sexual violence that batterers use causes injury and fear. Their emotional, financial, and psychological tactics undermine any sense of well-being. The harm they cause costs money. The resulting harsh and unpredictable environment their violence creates jeopardizes or destroys the family's economic stability. What then is the victim-defined advocacy role with violent partners?

To begin, we state clearly that no ...

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