Model of abuse survivors' needs
Historically, there has been reluctance on the part of professionals to develop intervention procedures and protocols around domestic violence. This reluctance stems in large part from the earliest tradition that this is a private matter between a husband and his wife, and from a more recent belief that this is simply a social problem—the responsibility of social service agencies and community groups. But women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence have a wide variety of needs because domestic violence is also a health care issue and a legal issue. There are, in fact, a large number of service providers who may be able to help—health care professions, social services, justice services, and community groups. Not only must key agencies develop meaningful intervention procedures and protocols that meet the needs of abused women, service providers must realize that helping women who are abused requires that they work in partnership. The following model and links are meant to illustrate and aid those endeavors:
In a multi-agency approach to offering assistance in cases of domestic violence, it is vital that practitioners understand the work undertaken by other service providers to ensure that any referrals they make are appropriate and respond best to the needs of their clients. At the same time, it is important to remember that only about 25% of people experiencing domestic violence will tell someone about their situation. Therefore, service providers also need to find ways to support those who currently choose not to disclose what has happened or is happening to them.
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last modified May 2013