Advocate Safety Planning Training, Feedback, and Personal Challenges

T. K. Logan, Robert Walker

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Of all the advocacy services provided to partner violence and sexual assault victims, safety planning may be most central. However, unlike many community behavioral health or case management services, there is virtually no literature on standards of care in safety planning, ways to measure its effectiveness, or discussion of the challenges advocates face in their day-to-day practice of planning for victim safety. The purpose of this paper is to describe advocate perceptions of training and supervision, how they obtain feedback about their work with victims, and their personal challenges in safety planning with victims. Study results highlight the need for more guidance, training, and support as well as more coping strategies for the numerous personal challenges advocates face in their day-to-day safety planning work. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-225
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

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  • Advocate
  • Domestic violence
  • Safety planning
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Law
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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