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The Gift of the Magi: Can Attachment, Altruism, and Hope be Mobilized in Treating Domestic Violence?
Partner Abuse (2011)
  • Ken Corvo, Syracuse University
  • Ellen deLara
Abstract

The debate concerning the Duluth model of domestic violence policy has centered on its assumptions concerning gender and its limitations as conceptual basis for practice. Here we both broaden and deepen that analysis by exploring the institutional context and political use of language that maintain the hegemony of that model. Particular attention is devoted to how the Duluth policy and practice framework produces a cynical and fatalistic view of both perpetrators and victims. Causal attribution to the vague construct patriarchy both ignores empirically supported risk factors as well as strips clients of their uniqueness and autonomy. This is juxtaposed with the common factors theory of therapeutic interventions, which calls attention to how acknowledging client strengths and instilling hope can produce superior outcomes.

Disciplines
Publication Date
2011
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Copyright 2011 Partner Abuse. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and Partner Abuse. The article may be found at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/pa/2011/00000002/00000001/art00005
Citation Information
Ken Corvo and Ellen deLara. "The Gift of the Magi: Can Attachment, Altruism, and Hope be Mobilized in Treating Domestic Violence?" Partner Abuse Vol. 2 Iss. 1 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken_corvo/4/