chapter  11
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We have described in this book the complex picture which emerged from our research as to the stage reached by user involvement in the domestic violence arena. Looked at from a historical perspective, it was abused women themselves who developed this whole field, both of study and of policy and practice intervention. However, in recent years, most efforts towards change in the domestic violence field have concentrated to a large extent on top-down policy development, while an increased focus on the impact on children and the need to tackle perpetrators has tended to render women ‘invisible in their own issue’.