Redefining Safety: What to do if a victim says "No" to shelter

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This article explores a domestic violence homicide in Amesbury Massachusetts, and the community response to change the way it responds to high risk domestic violence cases. If a victims refuses to go into shelter to escape the abuse, what can the community, including law enforcement, the court system and legal community, do to increase the safety of the victim and ensure their legal rights are protected. This article outline a model program for change and empowerment of victims of domestic violence by coordinating the system response to these cases. It questions the presumption that if a person is afraid of their partner THEY must leave the situation and go into hiding. It promotes responsibility and accountability by the system to hold the offender accountable for the behavior and provide the necessary protection for the victim.

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