Interpersonal violence services in Western Australia: Politics, policies and practices
Centre Against Sexual Assault, University of Melbourne
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of International, Cultural and Community Studies
The study on which this paper is based explored a range of agencies throughout Western Australia that provided services responding to interpersonal violence; in particular, services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. It sought, in part, to examine the perceived training needs of workers and how the theoretical frameworks underpinning service provision might influence service delivery at the individual, agency and broader societal level. The research highlighted that those services that most clearly held a feminist understanding of interpersonal violence were also those services that were aware of experiencing the most difficulty in achieving a 'fit' between ideology and practice.