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Understanding the complexity of domestic violence service delivery through the lived experiences of domestic violence advocates
International Social Work  (IF1.349),  Pub Date : 2021-10-07, DOI: 10.1177/00208728211041673
Ga-Young Choi, Soonok An, Hyungak Cho, Eun Koh

This qualitative research explored the lived experiences of domestic violence advocates to better understand the elements involved in domestic violence service delivery in the United States, focusing on positive and challenging aspects of their work. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 advocates who assisted domestic violence survivors. Advocates’ persistent engagement in reflective practice and advocacy for the survivors against a victim-blaming culture were identified as important elements in delivering multi-faceted domestic violence services. Implications for social work and domestic violence practice in improving domestic violence service delivery for the survivors are discussed.