Is Anyone Listening?: Accountability and Women Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Routledge, Mar 1, 2004 - Political Science - 192 pages
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Domestic violence is in the public eye as never before, but how often are abused women consulted or involved in the new services and policies? This book investigates, and reveals that the voices of survivors of domestic violence are often simply not heard; silenced, the women themselves become invisible.
Is Anyone Listening? draws on the experiences of other service user movements to provide a strong conceptual framework for thinking about abused women's participation in policy and service development. It discusses empowerment issues and the women's movement against gender violence, exploring how far refuge organisations and other women's movement services have influenced statutory services and vice versa. It includes many practical ideas for involving women in the improvement of both policy and practice and gives examples of inspiring and innovatory projects.
Based on a study carried out as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Violence Research Programme, Is Anyone Listening? offers a unique analysis of the sensitive and complex issues involved in developing service user participation within the domestic violence field. The insights it provides will enable policy-makers, activists, students, practitioners and women who have experienced domestic violence to move forward together.
 

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Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

Gill Hague is Emeritus Professor of Violence Against Women Studies in the University of Bristol's Centre for Gender and Violence Research (of which she was a co-founder in 1990). She has worked for 40 years in the field and has played a key role in the pioneering development of violence against women research. She has been an activist, practitioner, academic and researcher, and has published extensively in the field.

VERONICA COULSHED, Head of Applied Social Studies at the University of Sunderland, was the original author of "Management in Social Work," AUDREY MULLENDER is Principal of Ruskin College, Oxford. DAVID N. JONES is a government adviser on service improvement. NEIL THOMPSON is a Director of Avenue Consulting Ltd.

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