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NCJ Number: 167776 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence and Homelessness (From Police and the Homeless: Creating a Partnership Between Law Enforcement and Social Service Agencies in the Development of Effective Policies and Programs Homeless, P 118-130, 1997, Martin L. Forst, ed. - See NCJ-167769)
Author(s): M Ostrander
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter discusses the issue of domestic violence and how it relates to homeless women.
Abstract: Domestic violence is defined as the intentional, repeated acts by an individual's intimate partner which cause physical, sexual, emotional and economic harm to the individual, usually in a predictive cycle. Battered women must overcome serious obstacles to changing their situation: fear of death at the hands of the batterer; finding a safe place to live; achieving financial independence; shame; denial and self-blame; insensitive police intervention; lack of laws that punish batterers for their actions; lack of child care; and lack of legal assistance. Recommendations to prevent homelessness of domestic violence survivors include: (1) community zero-tolerance policies, including improved laws and harsher penalties for battering, stalking and harassment; (2) access to financial assistance; (3) increased job training and educational programs for women; (4) subsidized child care; and (5) more emergency safe shelters, transitional living centers and affordable permanent housing options. Notes
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Anti-stalking laws; Battered wives; Community involvement; Domestic assault; Domestic assault arrest policies; Homeless persons; Homelessness causes; Police domestic violence training; Spouse abuse statutes
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