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Systems Considerations in Working With Court-Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders

Hazlewood, Lonnie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) In John Hamel and Tonia L. Nicholls, Ed., Family Interventions in Domestic Violence. New York, USA: Springer Publishing Company. Pp. 341-361.

“My clinical perspectives have been informed by Thomas S. Kuhn’s influential book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” which urges the reader to consider that every current state of knowledge is relative and incomplete based on a model or paradigm of how things work. The current paradigm helps organize knowledge and influences how subsequent questions are asked. The current paradigm also discourages other questions and inquiries about the issue. This leads to gaps in research that cannot be explained by the dominant model and that accumulate and lead to the emergence of another paradigm that more fully explains the phenomenon being studied. In this way, scientific knowledge continues to evolve and regenerates. This understanding has helped me resist ideological and philosophical ways of understanding domestic violence and to accept empirical and experiential information and new ways of understanding domestic violence as they emerge.” (excerpt)


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