Surviving Domestic Abuse examines how formal and informal supports and services can mitigate the damaging, and sometimes fatal, social cost of domestic violence. The book highlights victims’ perceptions of supports and lays a foundation for professionals and family members to effectively assist victims of domestic abuse.

The book offers actionable recommendations and multiple-use cases to fill gaps in the understanding of the complexities that exist in domestic violence dynamics. Dr Finneran uses real-life interviews with victims to inform action and intervention for policy, strategy and decision-making for support and service providers including law enforcement, healthcare, social services and employers. Identification of successful supports and services can assist in preventing victims from returning to their abusive relationships, and the author provides real-life examples and a sounding board for the voices of real women who have endured domestic abuse.

Spanning the gulf between research and practice, this is the ideal book for a range of professional communities including psychologists, social workers and healthcare professionals, and victims and survivors themselves. It’s also suitable for academics and researchers, and students taking domestic violence treatment and prevention courses.

chapter |3 pages


part 1|15 pages

Seeking Help

chapter 1|13 pages

Seeking Help

part 2|56 pages

Formal Supports

chapter 2|14 pages

Law Enforcement

chapter 3|14 pages

Mental Health/Social Services

chapter 4|15 pages

Medical Staff and Clergy

chapter 5|11 pages

Judicial System

Historical Overview and Where Are We Today?

part 3|35 pages

Informal Supports

chapter 6|11 pages


chapter 7|6 pages


chapter 8|6 pages

Coworkers and Employers

chapter 9|8 pages

Empowerment Model and Theory

chapter |2 pages