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NCJ Number: 237796 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services: Historical Concerns and Contemporary Challenges
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:3-32
Author(s): Rebecca J. Macy; Mary C. Giattina; Susan L. Parish; Carmen Crosby
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 30
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors of this article investigated the challenges domestic violence and sexual assault agencies face today.
Abstract: More than 20 years ago, concerns were raised about whether domestic violence and sexual assault agencies need for stable funding would conflict with the values that initiated these respective movements. Since then, the movements have evolved considerably. Therefore, it is timely to investigate the challenges domestic violence and sexual assault agencies face today. This exploratory study used focus groups and interviews to identify the challenges facing North Carolina domestic violence and sexual assault movements from the perspectives of agency directors and funding staff. Using an open-coding approach, seven challenges were identified including funding, sustainability, community norms, tension between grassroots versus professional service providers, lack of attention to sexual assault, the need for welcoming services for all survivors, and the need for comprehensive services to help survivors with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. The findings also pointed to recommendations for ways to address these challenges. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Community support; Funding sources; North Carolina; Sexual assault; Victim services; Victims of violent crime
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