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Spring/Summer 2012 Quarterly - Strengthening the Shark Cage

Spring/Summer 2012 Quarterly - Strengthening the Shark Cage

Spring/Summer 2012 Quarterly - Strengthening the Shark Cage

DVRCV Advocate Spring/Summer 2012

The Spring/Summer edition of DVRCV Quarterly is out now. Here’s a snapshot of our feature articles in this special double edition:

Strengthening the Shark Cage: a model to address re-victimisation

Research shows that women who have experienced abuse in their early years are more likely to be re-victimised in later life. Melbourne-based psychologist Ursula Benstead has developed the 'Shark Cage' framework as a tool for counsellors to help explain and address re-victimisation. In an interview with DVRCV Quarterly, Ursula Benstead discusses how the model helps women understand their experiences and rebuild a sense of their rights.

If those around us are committed to helping us grow up with a sense of our human rights, then we build a strong shark cage.

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Empowerment or compliance?

A new support tool called The Empowerment Star is being used by some family violence services to provide a measure of a woman's 'progress' in achieving safety. However well-intentioned, this 'outcomes tool' ignores perpetrator accountability, writes Karen Webb, and undermines the feminist framework that informs our work with survivors.

Are [we] here to tell women how life 'should' be if only they would make the right choices?

Subscribe today to read this and more articles from our latest Quarterly. You can have a look at selected features from past editions here.

Also in this edition:

  • Anti-feminist men's groups in Australia: An interview with Michael Flood
  • New technology, new issues
  • SmartSafe reveals disturbing trends
  • Sowing the seeds of change: disabilities
  • Love no longer pulls the trigger: media reporting of violence against women
  • Interagency collaboration: good in theory, but...
  • Learning an Aboriginal model of service
  • Court works: advocating for intervention order applicants
  • Primary prevention: mapping respect


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