The Strengths-and-Skills-Building Model
Application to Women in Violent Relationships
This chapter applies the strengths- and skills-building model to women who are living with intimate partner violence. In this approach, the woman's ambivalence about the violent relationship is targeted, and her readiness to take action toward leaving the relationship is assessed through motivational interviewing techniques. The model empowers women by focusing on the strengths and coping capacities that they bring. Skills and capacities are further built by employing cognitive-behavioral techniques, particularly when there is distorted thinking about the acceptability of violence or attributions of blame toward the self. Most importantly, the role of the helper in the strengths- and skills-based model is collaborative rather than confrontative or authoritative in nature.
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