Monthly Archives: July 2019

ShantiWorkshops September & October

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13th September – Responding to women’s resistance to domination int he context of domestic violence

Presented by ShantiWorks Team

Women and victim-survivors are active in their resistance to perpetrators’ use of tactics of coercive control, abuse and violence. They use sophisticated strategies of maintaining the safety of themselves and their children. These strategies and ways of resisting domination and surviving can sometimes be at odds with dominant discourses and ideas about how a woman, a victim-survivor ’should’ respond and act, particularly when the woman victim-survivor uses physical strategies of resistance and survival. As workers, we need to be able to analyse the ways that power and control is being used by perpetrators in the relationship through patterned tactics of coercive control, rather than an individual incident focus, and distinguish who is doing what to whom and with what impact.

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18th October – The limitations of dominant discourse of grief and loss on work with women subjected to domestic violence

Presented by Dr Tracy Castelino

There is a popular and singular understanding about the right way to grieve and express losses, and clear expectations about which particular losses are acknowledged and supported by society. A  feminist narrative perspective of the experience and expression of grief creates a different perspective for consideration of the ways women might experience loss. A feminist narrative perspective is engaged with analysing and describing the ways social interactions construct the inner lives of individuals, our micro stories; in the case of grief, how social cultural interactions co-construct the experience and expression of grieving. I will explore with you, co-constructing alternative narratives that honour women’s realities. In this context, this workshop will explore questions such as:

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