This one-of-a-kind edited collection draws on the expertise of authors from 16 countries representing 17 cultures to tell the story of domestic violence in their respective parts of the world. The book incorporates a strengths-based approach, including individual, relationship, community, and societal strengths. The collection draws on multiple perspectives (academics, counselors, organizers, activists, and victims) to determine strengths and analyze how they can translate into greater safety for victims, increased accountability of perpetrators, and improved policy formation and research. Each chapter focuses on the lived experiences of victims of intimate partner violence, child abuse, or elder abuse and includes information about the abuser, the family, the community, and the culture.
Chapter 15: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Striving to Address Domestic and Family Violence in Australia
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: Striving to Address Domestic and Family Violence in Australia
This chapter owes its inspiration and title to a woman we shall call Sally—a strong and resilient woman who has willingly agreed to her story being incorporated into our Australian contribution to this book. Sally's story of survival from prolonged and extreme psychological and physical abuse, and her belief in the possibility of positive change, echoes a broader story of pain and progress on the issue of domestic and family violence (D&FV) in Australia over the last four decades.
We begin with a brief introduction to the social, economic, and institutional landscape ...