Hoping, Empowering, Strengthening: Theories Used in Intimate Partner Violence Advocacy

Leila Wood

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Many theoretical frameworks have been suggested for practice with survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) with very little verification of application. This study uses data from qualitative interviews with 22 IPV advocates to assess what constructs guide practice. What theories and philosophies guide advocacy practice? The findings revealed that empowerment, feminism, and strengths-based perspective are dominant lenses for practice but that hope theory and emerging clinical models are beginning to be adopted by advocates. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-301
Number of pages16
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 25 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • domestic violence
  • feminist theories
  • grounded theory
  • intimate partner violence
  • social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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