Domestic Violence and Family Safety

Domestic Violence and Family Safety

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The book aims to explore the exciting opportunities offered by a systemic approach for mental health professionals and psychotherapists when working with families and other systems where domestic violence in intimate relationships is of concern. The main purpose of the book lies in the application of systemic thinking to safety and to understanding the complexity of domestic violence on family relationships over time. The authors outline their approach to these complex issues based on their eight years of joint experience in the Reading Safer Families project. They draw from a broad field of family psychology and systemic psychotherapy to distil the theories, methods and techniques most helpful to practitioners working in modern public and voluntary agencies. Their systemic approach to issues of risk, responsibility and collaboration provides a coherent framework within which to integrate practice. The book also provides a practice orientated and detailed approach to risk assessment, risk management and family reunification. This book will be of interest to practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatry, probation, health visiting, counselling and psychotherapy, who work with individuals living in intimate relationships where violence may be of concern, and also to practice supervisors, trainers, trainees and students in these disciplines.Quite often we meet clients who do not imagine that we or Social Services, for example, will be taking risks on their behalf. ... which violence occurred and the frequency, severity and duration of the violence, e.g. did the violence occur in the context of family ... Can the perpetrator of violence manage his frustration, irritation and anger when talking to us, or when talking to his woman partner in front of us?

Title:Domestic Violence and Family Safety
Author:Janette Cooper, Arlene Vetere
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons - 2008-09-15


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