Contrary to public opinion and the views of many domestic violence agencies, leaving the batterer is not necessarily the only or best solution available to intimate violence survivors.
Sherry Hamby proposes in her book: Battered Women’s Protective Strategies, an innovative and strengths-based approach to this dilemma. Hamby recommends broadening the way one looks at dangerous assessment and safety planning so as to not only fully capture the complexities of the lives that women are facing, but to also recognize the many coping strategies they are already employing.
Why is it important to take a more holistic approach to the risks that domestic violence survivors face?
The traditional framework tends to stigmatize battered women who do not leave their abusers as being passive and in denial.