For women experiencing domestic violence, narrative therapy can be a powerful tool to help them gain self-confidence and a sense of identity, resist violence, and make the transition from abuse to safety.
Drawing on the narratives of women who have experienced domestic violence, this book explores how women employ strategies of resistance, and how strengthening their sense of identity can contribute to this resistance. It demonstrates how narrative therapy can be used as an effective intervention, helping women to leave abusive relationships and supporting them in moving on. The author outlines a model for intervention and discusses how to work with women whilst keeping their safety in mind.
This book will be invaluable to counsellors, social workers and others working with abused women, helping them to understand, engage with and fully support women to resist and move on from abuse.
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1. Introduction. 2. Complexities Surrounding Intimate Partner Violence. 3. Resistance and Strategic Responses to Abuse. 4. Identity and Meaning. 5. Leaving the Abusive Relationship. 6. Narrative Therapy in Working with Abused Women. 7. Narrative Social Work and Counselling Intervention for Intimate Partner Violence. Appendix. References. Index.
About the Author:
Mary Allen is Lecturer in Social Work, University College Dublin, Ireland, and Chair of Women's Aid, Ireland. Her primary research interest lies in Intimate Partner Violence, and she has worked and carried out research in Ireland, Africa and South America.