Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 539–545 | Cite as

Expanding ‘Community’ in the Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence

  • Kendra Pennington-Zoellner
Original Article


Community coordination refers to a formalized system of collaboration between various social service agencies to help meet the needs of specific populations. In cases of intimate partner violence (IPV), community coordination includes a system of policies, information sharing, and referrals between the criminal justice system and counseling centers and shelters for survivors. The life model of social work practice suggests that social workers utilize both formal and informal groups as environmental resources for clients. In an effort to address the failures of community coordinated responses to IPV, community needs to be reconceptualized to include these additional groups, especially employers.


Intimate partner violence Domestic violence Battered women Community coordination Community response Employers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern State UniversityBroken ArrowUSA

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