Survivor-defined practices to mitigate revictimization of battered women in the protective order process                 

 
Author(s) Nichols, Andrea J.
Title Survivor-defined practices to mitigate revictimization of battered women in the protective order process
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, May 2013, Vol 28, No. 7, pp 1403-23
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary In survivor-defined approaches to advocacy, advocates combine their knowledge of domestic violence, safety planning, and available resources with victims' knowledge of their abusers and situations to inform women's choices. In this study interviews were conducted with 26 advocates in a Midwestern state who all described their approach as survivor-defined. All advocates described protective orders as a potential tool to help victims avoid revictimisation but the benefit of the protection order varied according to the response of the abuser and specific cases. Effectiveness of a protection order was an issue where the abusers had no respect of the law. Advocates also used survivor-centred practices by working with victims to explain potential loopholes of the orders, such as the abuser driving down a public street, and assisting victims to collect evidence. The author suggests that survivor-defined advocacy could be used to empower victims across the criminal justice and social welfare systems, including the courts, police departments, housing and child protection agencies.
Keywords Domestic violence; protection orders; advocacy; battered women; intervention
Topic

Domestic violence