An Ecosystemic view of family violence
Department of Family Therapy
Family therapists have been criticized by some feminist theorists for their orientation toward spouse and child abuse. It has been asserted that a relational understanding of family violence results in the abused being blamed for acts which are clearly the responsibility of the abuser. This paper argues that while we surely must avoid the trap of "blaming the victim," we must also beware the lure of simply blaming the "victimizer." Both views separate abuser and abused within a dichotomous logic of attribution. An epistemology which separates self and other is a breeding ground for exploitation and engenders solutions of dismemberment. Connective contextual solutions require an ecosystematic approach that pays heed to the recursive nature of the relationship.
Flemons, Douglas G., "An Ecosystemic view of family violence" (1989). CAHSS Faculty Articles. 14.