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By Dr Jan Breckenridge, Kerrie James and Key Points


Research tells us that many women experiencing domestic violence do not disclose their experience when seeking counselling but instead raise other related problems such as relationship conflict, depression or parenting issues. These women may ‘fall under the radar ’ if counsellors are not able to identify domestic violence and homicide risk. Knowing how and when to assess for homicide risk is an essential skill for all counsellors who may work with women experiencing domestic violence, particularly those at non-specialist services. This paper proposes a multi-systemic practice framework to help counsellors assess for and respond to homicide risk. The framework outlines the four main system domains that counsellors may need to address: the client system; the therapeutic relationship; the organisational context; and the system of services. Organisations can use this framework to structure services and to evaluate their response to clients experiencing domestic violence, with the ultimate aim of preventing homicide

Year: 2011
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