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Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Working with Families in Contact

In this presentation, Jennifer Rose and Fernando Mederos explore working with families who have experienced domestic violence and remain in contact.

As you watch this presentation, please consider the following questions.


  • What is a victim defined advocacy approach?
  • How is it the same or different than traditional advocacy for leaving?
  • How does advocacy beyond leaving support safety for the victim of the abuse and children?
  • How do we engage fathers who are still in contact?
  • How do we assess for risk and safety?
  • What approaches promote healthy engagement with fathers who have been abusive?
  • Can you give examples of how this approach might change your work with women, children or men?

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