Critical Reflections on Practice with Battered Women: Insights from Maya's Story

  • Linda Davies McGill University
  • Julia Krane McGill University
Keywords: Domestic violence, Postmodernism, Violence against women


Within the vast feminist-informed scholarship on violence against women, few attempts have been made to examine feminist assumptions underlying practice responses to violence against women. In this paper, through the lens of postmodernism, and with the narrative of "Maya," a young woman whose residency at a local shelter was regarded by all accounts as less than successful, we interrogate central assumptions that underlie contemporary feminist practice in battered women's shelters and conclude with thoughts on the implications of this analysis for practice with women who are or have experienced violence in their intimate relations.
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