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NCJ Number: 164074 Find in a Library
Title: Pathways to Disenchantment: Battered Women's Views of Their Social Workers
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:425-440
Author(s): Z Eisikovits; E Buchbinder
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The interactions between social workers and battered women as perceived by the abused women were studied using information collected in 40 detailed interviews conducted with battered women who were living with their batterers in Israel.
Abstract: The content analysis of the interviews produced two major paths of interaction that converged around a sense of disenchantment. The first was related to social workers' perceived avoidance in handling the violence or its consequences directly; this process was labeled disenchantment through avoidance. The second was related to what the women interpreted as social workers' attempts to change, reframe, or distort their definition of the situation; this process was labeled disenchantment through action. Findings suggested that social workers need to recognize possible clinical outcomes of being abused and to be socially and politically aware that the process of help seeking and involvement with social service agencies may be disempowering. Recommendations for social workers and 48 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Criminology; Israel; Social worker casework; Social worker training; Victim attitudes; Victim counseling; Victims in foreign countries
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