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Open Access Thesis

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


The economic status of women impacts their ability to leave abusive relationships. A qualitative and quantitative methods survey was used to gather data from residential program directors of battered womens shelters in the metro area detrning their experiences in the field of domestic violence. Using measures of central tendency and interpretation of themes to evaluate the data. 50% stated that economic dependence and a lack of resources, including financial. were the main reasons women stayed. In shelters providing housing alternatives. 58Vo of battered women utilized that resource. It is necessary to improve state and federal policies and shelter programming to make more readily available the resources to victims of domestic violence in order to secure their economic independence.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Hollesch.KR

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