Services for domestic violence victims in the U.K. and United States: Where are we today?

Bates, Elizabeth and Douglas, Emily (2020) Services for domestic violence victims in the U.K. and United States: Where are we today? Partner Abuse, 11 (3). pp. 350-382.

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Over the last 50 years, there has developed a wealth of literature that has explored the experiences of victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). This has demonstrated the adverse impact IPV has, including the impact on both female (e.g., Sarkar. 2008), and male victims (e.g., Próspero, 2007) and those within the LGBTQ+ community (e.g., Reuter et al., 2018). Over these 50 years, there has also been the development of key legislation, policy, and services to support these victims and reduce the prevalence of IPV. A comprehensive review of victim services was provided by Eckhardt and colleagues in 2013 (Eckhardt et al., 2013) as part of the Partner Abuse State of Knowledge project. The aim of the current paper is to expand on and update this review with an international focus, drawing on both the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (US). Specifically, we discuss current legislation and policy and how this informs practice, what services and resources are available for victims in the two countries, and what interventions are available and what we know of their effectiveness. A final aim is to explore one of Eckahrdt et al.’s specific recommendations about what exists to support “underserved” populations, such as men and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Partner Abuse
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1946-6579
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Applied Psychology and Social Studies
Depositing User: Elizabeth Bates
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 09:55
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 01:23


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