5.5 A. Research and Evaluations

Engagement of Survivors of Domestic Abuse in the South West Region

Chapman, P. (2008) [Draft Report]

The Government Office of the South West (GOSW) commissioned this report, which is in the draft stages, from a group called SEEDS (Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services) Somerset in Jan 2008. It provides an overview of the work taking place in the Region to engage survivors of domestic abuse to find out their views on existing and planned services and their major issues of concern.

There is also attached a number of annex’s which provide an overview of the Survivor Engagement work across the South West region (Annex 1).  A case study of how a one off project obtaining the views of domestic abuse survivors living in South Somerset grew into five further studies within neighbouring authorities and the creation of three SEEDS groups within the South West Region (Annex 2).  Lastly Annex 3 gives a summary of reports of survivor experiences in the South West region for the year 2002 to 2006.

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The Framing Safety Project

Frohmann, L. (2005) [abstract]

This article describes the Framing Safety Project developed in the USA to do collaborative community action or education research with battered women on the meaning of safety. It is based on the use of participant-generated photographs and photo-elicitation interviews as methods for exploring the meanings of violence in women’s lives, in support group settings.

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Peace Within Her Borders? Faith discourses in the context of inter-cultural groupwork with women survivors

Batsleer, J. (2005)

This article presents an experience of inter-cultural groupwork with women survivors of domestic violence, drawing on the author's experience of facilitating a support group as part of a wider research project 'Domestic Violence and Minoritisation: Supporting Women to Independence.' It considers the emergence and significance of religious and faith discourses as part of the groupwork.

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Observations from Practice: support group membership as a process of social capital formation among female survivors of domestic violence

Larance, L. Y. and Porter, M. L. (2004) [abstract]

Documents and explores the observations of two practitioners involved with a female domestic violence survivors’ support group, tracing the women’s journey from first contact with the service to active participation and the development of trust in the group. The concept of social capital is used to explain the value of extra-familial social networks and it is suggested that domestic violence support groups provide an important source of such networks for survivors and victims.

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Feeling Safe, Feeling Strong: support groups for older abused women

Brandl, B. et al. (2003)

Drawing upon interviews conducted with facilitators of support groups for older abused women across the USA, this article discusses the benefit of support groups for these women and describes some of their key characteristics. Differences in how, when and where groups are held are highlighted and some of the challenges identified by facilitators in initiating the groups are explored. The article concludes by setting out some guiding principles for establishing and running a support group for older abused women.

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Evaluating the Effect of Group Process and Client Variables in Support Groups for Battered Women

Tutty, L. M. et al. (1996) [abstract]

This article presents a rationale for support groups as the intervention of choice for assaulted women and describes the available research. This secondary analysis of outcome data from a previously published study investigates the effects of various group process variables and client characteristics. The results are discussed in light of their implications for developing and planning effective support groups for assaulted women.

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