(Updated) Model of Systemic Relational Violence
So in the past few years, during my research on differential criminogenic traits and female criminality, I have come across a recurring theme I cannot ignore. It involves a massive presence of violent and controlling relationships in the personal lives of criminal justice involved women. My interpretation of the data has led me to the development of the Model of Systemic Relational Violence to try to explain the phenomenon of domestic violence from a new perspective. I felt the need to expand the conversation in this way because some of the most widely recognized models used to explain domestic violence suggest the experience to be a cycle (tension building, explosion, and honeymoon phase, then repeat). In the cyclical model there are periods (the honeymoon phase) where there’s an absence of violence in the relationship. These perspectives also tend to focus on the physical acts as the primary mechanism(s) of violence in the relationship.
This is not what I have been seeing in my data. What I’m seeing is a constant, although fluctuating, expression of violence through emotional, psychological, and behavioral dominance and control where compliance is enforced through discreet incidents of physical assault and other more traditional markers of intimate partner abuse. What I am seeing is that what we have been framing, and what our societal interventions are set up to address, is just the tip of the iceberg.
I’m excited about this concept and I believe this could become a tool to help us further understand not only the experiences of relational violence, but also the importance of holistic intervention. I’m currently working to refine and validate the model and I’ll post updates as it’s development progresses.
Disclaimer: This is only the overhead portion of what was a presentation that provided far deeper contextual information related to a very complex topic. Please feel free to use this information in any way you can to inform conversations on the topic, however do so with caution, knowing that this information is not complete when taken away from the discussion that surrounded it. These transitions of images and words were only a backdrop for a more rich and nuanced conversation that took place at the conference. Thanks for your interest and feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to learn more about this area. ~damc
Click here to go visit Off the Wall, the official blog of the University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, to see my guest author spot on incorporating neuroscience informed educational practices and fine art to help social work students process clinical decision making.
Oklahoma Study of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children 2014
@2014APM Presentaiton on Using Art & Multimodal Learning to Enhance Student Processing of Client Experiences
A few articles related to the topic.
Blazhenkova, O., & Kozhevnikov, M. (2010). Visual-object ability: A new dimension of nonverbal
Gardner, H. (1998). Are there additional intelligences? The case for naturalist, spiritual,
Groff, J.S., (2013). Expanding Our “Frames” of Mind for education and the arts. Harvard educational
Getting great Press!
One of the many projects I’ve been working on lately is with a non-profit called Redeeming the Family. “The Messages Project” is a program where volunteers go into Oklahoma’s prisons and video-record prisoners reading books to their children. They then make a DVD of the recording, and book and video are mailed to child so that they can feel a sense of connection to their parent. The focus is to use literacy development as a mechanism to decrease stress and anxiety for children of incarcerated parents by helping them maintain appropriate familial relationships. My main role in the project has been to develop a system to quantify and measure multiple domains related to the state of the child’s well-being before, during, and after the program. We’ve been seeing some great results, and getting some great press.
Connecticut Trauma Informed Practice Guide