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NCJ Number: 128423 Find in a Library
Title: Provision of Advocacy Services to Women Leaving Abusive Partners: An Exploratory Study
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1991)  Pages:41-54
Author(s): C M Sullivan
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 14
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the impact of providing short-term advocacy services to women leaving battered women's shelters.
Abstract: Women were interviewed four times over the first five months after they left a battered women's shelter in this longitudinal experimental design. Women in the experimental condition received intensive, one-on-one services with trained paraprofessional advocates for a period of 10 weeks. Advocates assisted women in gaining access to needed community resources. Women in the control condition received no addition services. Findings corroborated earlier research which suggested that battered women often lack many resources on leaving their abusive partners. Working with an advocate resulted in women reporting being more effective in obtaining desired resources. However, whether this effectiveness influenced a woman's ability to remain free of her assailant was unclear, as the vast majority of women in both conditions were still not with their assailants at the followup assessment period (five months after exiting the shelter). 3 tables and 28 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Battered women programs
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives treatment; Victim services
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