Domestic  (or "intimate partner") violence

We have relatively little on this site so far on the issues that arise in tackling domestic violence - although the original guidance documents that first launched the concept of a Psychologically Informed Environment in homelessness work were quite clear that the same thinking could be found, and could certainly be consciously applied, in the context of a refuge.

Nevertheless, one recent paper, and one video, suggest the close links between Trauma Informed Care and PIEs, in domestic/'intimate partner' violence. One from Jacqui Smith of the Young Women's Housing Project, South Yorkshire, takes the connections as read; the second, from Elizabeth Eastlund of Rainbow services in California, suggests that the PIE framework offers a clearer direction of travel, and an outcome, for those developing TIC as an in-put. 

Elizabeth Eastlund was also co-ordinator of a published statement on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Homelessness programs in the US, which warns that refuge services in the US may be under threat from an overly rigid interpretation of Housing First by the US government department.

We also have here two alternative and radically differing views of refuge, with two very different 'psychological models'. In a presentation on the development of Gloucester Domestic Abuse Support Service, Sally Morrisey outlines the thinking behind NOT having refuges as the first line of response.   Instead of their previous reliance on refuges, as a response to safety concerns, the new model here implements what is, in psychological terms, a strengths model; and what is known in criminal justice terms as a 'target hardening' approach.

In compete contrast, we then have an article by Erin Pizzey, the founder and prime mover of Chiswick Women's Aid, the first ever refuge for women escaping domestic violence, which will doubtless be controversial. Pizzey herself is not afraid to be bold and even provocative; and the story that she describes here, of the founding of the refuge for women escaping domestic violence, is certainly that.

It was her forthright views on women's own capacity for violence that shocked the emerging Women's Movement of the 1970s.  Beyond this storm, however, the suggestion that there may be a therapeutic value in chaos - and that for some, a degree of chaos can even be a necessity, to enable them to engage effectively -  may prove equally controversial, equally at odds with the prevailing contemporary culture of service provision, which prefers carefully planned, tested and professionally controlled interventions. 

Chiswick Women's Aid was, incidentally, also very much a dispersed, peer support community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse: Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Service: Sally Morrissey  ( video of a presentation at Chartered Institute for Housing conference, Torbay, 2016) 

also: "The sheer irrationality of controlling violence" Helen Keats (in prep)

Marinated in violence: therapeutic intervention for victims of domestic abuse: Erin Pizzey (see also accompanying interviews, on video)

Reflections on Marinated in Violence' video interview with Erin Pizzey that accompanies this paper 

Housing Care & Support Editorial comment on 'Marinated in violence' Robin Johnson 

 

 

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