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1. Given some of Dunn and Powell-William''s conclusions about the current prioritizing of women leaving abusive relationships by advocates, how does the conversation of Intimacy Abuse Circles in McPhail et al. provide further insight to strategies for dealing with domestic partner violence?

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Rethinking the Feminist Approach in Abuse

In the work of McPhail, Busch, Kulkarni & Rice (2007), they propose that the feminist perspective on intimate partner violence (IPV) or abusive relationships are evolving. With the feminist perspective (FP) being the dominant view in the field, it has its many criticisms some of which are the notion, for example, that all violence against women is 1 way (women always are the victims), that a state response is the way, and that all victims would like to leave the relationship. There are a number of proposals to amend current FP principles in consideration of the criticisms one of which is the notion of Intimacy Abused Circles (IAC) - in lieu of the intervention of the state, an IAC can be made up of family, friends and community members that can help protect the abuse and hold the abuser to account through a community based restorative justice model.

The world of Powell-Williams and Dunn (2007) assessed 32 cases of women who chose to stay. These women ...

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