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Learning domestic violence interagency work: enacting “practice multiple”


Stewart, S, Learning domestic violence interagency work: enacting 'practice multiple', Journal of Workplace Learning, 26, (6-7) pp. 432-443. ISSN 1366-5626 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/JWL-10-2013-0089


Purpose: This paper aims to shed light on the complex multiplicity of domestic violence interagency work. It proposes a new conceptualisation that reflects the entangled nature of professional practice and learning.

Design/methodology/approach: The research on which this paper draws is an ethnographic study of practice in an integrated local domestic violence initiative. Data include focussed workplace observations, semi-structured interviews and key documents. The study draws on practice-based sociomaterial approaches and the conceptual framework, and methodology is informed by actor-network theory, in particular, the work of Annemarie Mol.

Findings: Findings suggest that interagency work that starts from the victim and traces threads of connection outwards is able to "hang together" as "practice multiple" in integrated service provision. I argue that the learning that happens in these circumstances is a relational effect and depends on who and what is assembled in the actor-network.

Research limitations/implications: The research has significant implications for framing understandings of domestic violence interagency work, as it firmly anchors "working together" to victims. Findings are expected to be of interest not only to practitioners, educators and researchers but also to policymakers.

Originality/value: The paper addresses a current gap in the literature, applies a novel research approach and proposes a new conceptualisation of domestic violence interagency work.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:workplace learning, actor-network theory, domestic violence, interagency work, practice-based studies, sociomaterial approach
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stewart, S (Dr Sarah Stewart)
ID Code:110119
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Student Academic Success
Deposited On:2016-07-13
Last Modified:2017-01-19

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