Supporting women who remain in violent relationships

Author(s)Marcus, Gaby
Title Supporting women who remain in violent relationships
Source Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse Thematic Review,July 2012 ,, No 5, pp1-9
Date 2012
Document type Research paper
Coverage Australia
URL http://www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au/thematic_review.htm
Summary In this review the author examines five key texts that challenge the conventional advocacy position that sees women leaving a violent relationship as the only valid outcome. The common reasons for women choosing to stay in an abusive relationship are considered in the introduction and then themes across the key texts are discussed. These themes include empowering women through choice and agency, assessing risk factors in the context of all the dangers victims face, protective strategies women adopt who stay in abusive relationships and the need to re-conceptualise and re-examine practices and policies. The author discusses these findings in an Australian context and recommendations include the development of service models for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Keywords Domestic violence; abusive relationship; risk factors; service models.
Topic Domestic violence; service delivery