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Domestic Violence: Protective Strategies
Protective Strategies of Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence are often in survival mode. Without a sufficient understanding of domestic violence, volunteers and professionals may rely on their subjective interpretations of a battered parent’s demeanor. Historically, adult victims’ decisions or behaviors have been misinterpreted as instability, apathy, uncooperativeness, or even vindictiveness. Recognizing a battered parent’s survival strategies and developing recommendations and case plans that build on those strategies will increase the likelihood of success for protecting children. Therefore, it is important to consider the history of abuse and the abused parent’s efforts to manage existing safety threats and prevent additional safety threats to the children from arising.
The following examples are ways an adult victim may try to protect herself and her children:
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