Success for Domestic Violence Survivors through Connection not Separation
FFI set out to understand how survivors and others in the domestic violence field across California define survivor success. What we found calls into question many basic assumptions of the domestic violence field, and highlights important opportunities for strengthening systems' response across California and nationwide.
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- Only 7% of all survivors’ moments of success included changing or leaving the abusive relationship. In contrast, 39% of practitioners’ moments of survivor success involved separation.
- For survivors, success was about connection, belonging, and achieving something unrelated to the abusive relationship.
- These findings hold true across geographic regions, and both culturally specific and mainstream communities.
- Practitioners, in particular, are eager to better align their program success with survivor-defined success and adjust services and activities accordingly.
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