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Legal advocacy for domestic violence survivors: The power of an informative relationship

Weisz, A. N. (1999). Legal advocacy for domestic violence survivors: The power of an informative relationship. Families in Society, 80(2), 138-147.

This abstract uses data from interviews with domestic violence survivors and advocates to show how legal advocacy for survivors can be successful when it responds to women's relational needs by offering emotional support, information, and the physical presence of an advocate.

Survivors were usually confused , doubtful, and lonely when they tried to cope with the police and the courts. Advocates lent a supportive, empathetic presence and possessed valuable information. Advocates' relationships with survivors enabled them to take further legal actions against batterers. This study suggests that an active, relational helping model meets essential needs for some survivors of crime.

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