chapter  5
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How much do agencies listen to domestic violence survivors?

This chapter discusses the extent of agency commitment to domestic violence survivor consultation and participation, and considers how much the views of women experiencing violence are heard – and, more importantly, listened to – by professionals. We begin by discussing why user involvement needs to be integral to policy-making and service provision, and then look at how much agencies, including statutory services and inter-agency forums, involve domestic violence survivors at the moment, leading on to a consideration of women’s movement projects and survivor participation. We conclude by looking at the way that workers in all sectors often view abused women as unworthy participants while they are still ‘in the experience’.