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"It's about having control bad, freedom from fear." An evaluation of the Shine safe@home for victims/survivors of domestic violence.

  • Mt Albert Psychological Services Ltd


Victims/survivors of domestic violence who decide to separate or escape from their violent partner are commonly expected to leave their homes and live elsewhere in order to be safe. A consequence is that women and their children can experience homelessness. The Shine safe@home programme was designed to assist women and their children to remain in their own homes. It involves an interagency approach to home security, advocacy and police intervention. This project involved a comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of this programme, in terms of women's and children's safety, their ability to remain in their own homes, and the quality of life for them and their children.
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... Similar accounts exist elsewhere. The Safe@Home programme in New Zealand which uses partnerships with businesses to provide home security upgrades saw a reduction in assaults on clients, a reduction in police callouts and reports of relief from anxiety and stress and an overall reduction in feelings of insecurity (Centre for Social Research and Evaluation, 2010;Towns, 2014). The aforementioned Merseyside Domestic Violence Project and the AWARE programme in Canada, the USA and Rotterdam, have also produced generally positive reports from victims and clients when using personal duress alarms ( Lloyd et al., 1994: 10;Romkens, 2006: 174). ...
Private companies are increasingly involved with the security concerns of victims of domestic violence. This involvement manifests in a number of forms including the proliferation of technology and private security companies that seek a market among domestic violence victims and services. In this article, data gathered in Australia are used to show that private sector involvement with victims of domestic violence can be a useful addition to the landscape of providers who respond to the needs of an under-protected population, but that steps must be taken to ensure the ethical and competent performance of such commercial actors and their technological solutions. Therefore, a form of ‘civil regulation’ is suggested that aims to align private security with the broader public interest.
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This chapter explores ways in which discursive psychology sheds light on how language justifies, conceals, and works to produce the dominance of men in intimate relationships. We demonstrate two ways language can be deployed to achieve these effects. First, the close examination of discourses about violence can reveal much about the way violence against women is justified, minimized and ignored. Second, attention to rhetorical devices deployed in these discourses, such as metaphor, ambiguity, and marking strategies, can help in understanding how they are anchored and reinforced in everyday conversations. These forms of discursive enquiry, and other possibilities, open up ways of better understanding the dynamics of men’s violence against women and opportunities for intervention to produce more equitable practices.
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