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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and Pets

Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and Pets

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(p.105) 7 Protecting Children, Family, Friends, Co-Workers, and Pets
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies
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Sherry Hamby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.003.0007

Too often, the domestic violence field focuses just on the victims and their personal safety. However, the safety of others is often foremost on women's minds. Women's protective strategies often focus on protecting children, family, friends, and co-workers. Women also consider the welfare of pets, who are frequent targets of batterers' threats and attacks. Women's actions and choices can often be better understood when the safety of others is considered. This chapter also compares the domestic violence field's conventional approaches to questions about families and family values in the fields of couples therapy and research on divorce. These fields both present data showing that at least some couples with a violent partner can respond to therapy and that divorce has significant and predictable harms. In a multiple criteria decision making framework, these factors would receive more consideration than they often do in conventional safety planning.

Keywords:   Children, family, pets, protection, couples therapy, divorce, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

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