skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 114240 Find in a Library
Title: Self-Help and Advocacy: An Alternative Approach to Helping Battered Women (From Family Violence: Emerging Issues of a National Crisis, P 47-59, 1989, Leah J Dickstein and Carol C Nadelson, eds. -- See NCJ-114238)
Author(s): D Williams-White
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Journal Editor
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1101
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Self-help and advocacy programs have proven to be viable alternatives to traditional practice methods when working with battered women.
Abstract: Self-help enables a victim to confirm her own capabilities, strengths, and power. Each decision she makes to help herself adds to her personal growth. Part of self-help is initiating change in the abusive relationship and achieving independence from the batterer. This can be facilitated through the sharing of common experiences with other battered women and through a support network. Advocacy is a means of providing practical and emotional support to battered women and is fundamental to the self-help process. There are five major areas of concern for advocates working with battered women: support, self-awareness education, information and instruction, accompaniment to services, and intervention. In addition to offering guidelines for the use of advocacy skills in women's shelters, this chapter outlines advocacy roles for hospital personnel and private physicians, mental health professionals, police officers and other criminal justice professionals, social workers, and educators. 19 references.
Main Term(s): Battered wives treatment
Index Term(s): Self-help therapy; Victim/Witness Advocates
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.