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Empowering Battered Women, Expanding Their Options, Honoring Their Choices  

Author:  Joan Zorza, J.D..

Source: Volume 03, Number 02, Fall 2010 , pp.109-122(14)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Women in abusive relationships need help and support in a variety of ways. One-size-fits-all interventions do not work. Some women do not want to end their relationships. They may just want the abuse to end. To empower women, we must first listen, find out what they want to do, and then provide them options. Here Zorza provides detailed reviews of "Recognizing Civil Protection Orders For Domestic Violence: Can Law Help End The Abuse Without Ending The Relationship?" by Sally Goldfarb in the Cardozo Law Review, and a recent book, "Listening To Battered Women: A Survivorcentered Approach To Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice" by Lisa A. Goodman and Deborah Epstein (American Psychological Association, 2007, 184 pp.) that explore this issue. The bottom line of both works is to provide women with an array of choices when addressing their violent relationships.


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