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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Toward a Harm Reduction Approach in Survivor Advocacy

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Excerpt: "Redefined in terms of domestic violence, harm reduction is a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of certain survival and coping mechanisms survivors use. It believes in creating a larger pool of options survivors can choose from, rather than narrowing them down through paternalistic guidance. In simpler terms, I am referring to many coping mechanisms that others call 'maladaptive' or 'unhealthy': alcohol and drug use, self-hurting, survival sex, irregular eating and sleeping patterns, as well as being in contact with the abuser."