Coordinating Community Responses to Domestic Violence: by Melanie F. Shepard, Ellen Pence

By Melanie F. Shepard, Ellen Pence

The "Duluth version" is a largely disseminated method of community-based intervention in family violence. This authoritative and accomplished quantity examines the best way to increase a reaction to family violence utilizing the version.

Key concerns addressed comprise: improving networking between provider prone; construction tracking and monitoring structures; constructing a supportive infrastructure for sufferers; supplying sanctions and rehabilitation possibilities; addressing the desires of youngsters; and comparing the effectiveness of group reaction.

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Then, of course, I get all confused about what Melanie and I had in mind when we said we need a piece on philosophy. Is a discussion on our philosophy equal to talking about how we think about things? What things? What we think causes the violence? What we think the role of the legal institution is in stopping or perpetuating the violence? How we think institutions work or how they change? How we think about our work with the individual offenders and victims? I realize that the prospect of clarifying things for the reader is quickly diminishing.

The collection of agencies that participate in the interagency effort? I wonder if I should write about the articulated philosophy or the operative philosophy. Perhaps I could just make arguments for my own thinking and ascribe it to the project. Even if I can identify a standpoint from which to speak about the philosophy of the project, what aspect of the philosophy shall I address? Then, of course, I get all confused about what Melanie and I had in mind when we said we need a piece on philosophy.

Changing Institutions The Duluth model has been hailed as an organizer's miracle. The DAIP staff who present workshops in other cities are constantly asked, "How did you get the police to . . Why did the prosecutors agree to . . How do you get past the secrecy of every agency . . Did you have a coordinating council and who ran it . . How did you involve judges when . . " It is hard to say to what we owe our success in working together. When we all discuss it, we agree that there have been a variety of key factors.

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