Bringing a Network-Oriented Approach to Domestic Violence Services: A Focus Group Exploration of Promising Practices

Lisa A. Goodman, Victoria Banyard, Julie M. Woulfe, Sarah Ash, Grace Mattern

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Abstract

Despite powerful evidence that informal social support contributes to survivors’ safety and well-being, mainstream domestic violence (DV) programs have not developed comprehensive models for helping isolated survivors reengage with these networks. Although many advocates use network-oriented strategies informally, they often do so without resources, funding, or training. This qualitative focus group study explored advocates’ use and perceptions of network-oriented strategies. Advocates working in a range of DV programs across one state described the importance of network-oriented work and articulated its five dimensions, including helping survivors build their capacity to form healthy relationships, identify helpful and harmful network members, reengage with existing networks, develop new relationships, and respond more effectively to network members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-89
Number of pages26
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • domestic violence
  • informal networks
  • intimate partner violence
  • programs
  • social support
  • trauma-informed approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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