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Social services fatigue in domestic violence service provision facilities


Author(s) Dewey Susan C. and Tonia P. St Germain
Title Social services fatigue in domestic violence service provision facilities
Source Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work,2014, Vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 389-403
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Summary The article discusses the elements of social services fatigue in domestic violence service provisions, a concept described by the author as resulting from a system that advocates the goal of facilitating independence within an environment of control. Being faced with this paradox the article focuses on four elements that contribute to this phenomenon. The first being the need for women residing in domestic violence facilities to document their progress towards independence; the second being the use of their language in the presence of staff which allows for better accessibility to services; the third focusing on the level of active engagement with the staff and volunteers and fourthly the need to learn that all these elements establish conditions of service provisions. The article then goes to discuss implication for practice and future alternative pathways that could be taken in order to address the issue.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; participant observation; shelter; independence; advocates
Topic Domestic violence