chapter  8
Practical ways forward and innovation, including domestic violence survivors’ forums
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The Hammersmith Standing Together project has developed an innovative multi-agency response to domestic violence, modelled, broadly speaking, on the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota. One of its founding principles is ‘putting the survivor at the centre of the change process’ (Standing Together, 2002: 9). Standing Together believes in the empowerment of women and that:

where agencies plan change, however well-intentioned, without the involvement of people with current, first-hand knowledge of the issues, there is a serious risk that the safety of women and children will be diminished rather then increased.