FAMILY GROUP DECISION MAKING:
NEW ROLES FOR ‘OLD’ PARTNERS IN
RESOLVING FAMILY VIOLENCE
IMPLEMENTATION REPORT

VOLUME I

© August 1995

Joan Pennell, Ph.D. & Gale Burford, Ph.D.

Co-directors and Co-principal Investigators
Family Group Decision Making Project

Memorial University of Newfoundland
School of Social Work
St. John's, Newfoundland

Table of Contents


Title page in Adobe Acrobat format

Acknowledgements

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Chapter 1: A PARTNERSHIP MODEL

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Introduction
Implementation Report
Developing the Project Model
Inviting Project Sites
Securing Joint Funding
Starting the Project
Summary

Chapter 2: COLLABORATIVE ACTION RESEARCH

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Introduction
Collaborative Action Methodology
Development of Research Design
Implementation and Outcome Evaluation
Measurements
Data Collection
Data Management and Analysis
Methodological Issues

Chapter 3: REFERRALS

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Introduction
Reasons for Referrals
Referral Policies
Other Referring Sources
Effects of Referral Policies

Chapter 4: PREPARATIONS

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Introduction
The Families
Length of Preparations
First Contacts
Role Clarification
Explanations
Community Panel
Social Networks and Confidants
Invitation List
Exclusions
Size of Invitation List
Children
Support Persons
Inviting Guests
Family Group
Acceptances
Concerns
Personal Statements
Preparing Other Participants
Making Arrangements
Reconvened Conferences
Evaluation of Preparations
Summary

Chapter 5: OPENINGS

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Introduction
Arrivals, Introductions & Openings
Participants
The Information Giving Stage
Evaluation of Information Provision
Summary

Chapter 6: PRIVATE DELIBERATIONS

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Introduction
Fears About Leaving the Family Alone
Leaving the Family With the Tools vs. Leaving Them on Their Own
The Private Time: From the Outside of the Conference Room
The Private Time: Inside the Conference Room
Decision Making During the Family's Private Time
Reconvened Conferences
Summary

Chapter 7: PLANS

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Introduction
The Whole Process
Finalizing the Plans
Gaining Authorization for the Plans
Qualitative Examination of the Family's Plans
Quantitative Analysis of the Plans

Chapter 8: COSTS

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Introduction
Sources of Financial Support
Pre-determining Cost Guidelines
A Basis For Comparison
Costs of Holding the Conferences
Funding the Plans
Summary

Chapter 9: CONCLUSIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

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Introduction
Was the Demonstration Project an Adequate Test of the Use of the Model in Situations of Family Violence?
Were There Differences In The Ways The Model Worked At The Various Sites Chosen For The Demonstration Project?
What Are The Main Short-range Results And The Hypothesized Longer-range Outcomes For The Families And In Particular For The Abused Persons?
Is This Model Adaptable Across Cultural, Governmental and Professional Boundaries?
What Are The Relative Costs Of Using This Model Vis à Vis Its Benefits?
What Are Our Main Concerns About The Use Of This Model In Situations Of Family Abuse?
Key Elements of the Model
Evaluation
Policy Implications
Results: What Has Been Learned?
Key Ingredients in Using the Model
Conclusions
Other Publications

Bibliography

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Appendix A

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Appendix B

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To Our Parents

Tom & Kitty Stern
and
Wilma Burford and The Late Virgil Burford


A note on authorship — A flip of a coin
determined on which of the reports
Joan and Gale's names
would be first and second author.