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After the Crisis: A Needs Assessment of Women Leaving a Domestic Violence Shelter

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The current study presents the results of a needs assessment of 141 women exiting an emergency shelter for women with abusive partners. Extensive in-person interviews were conducted. Results indicate that battered women need numerous community resources upon their shelter exit, including legal assistance, employment, and housing. Race, age, and whether a woman was returning to her assailant influenced which resources she reported needing at shelter exit. Most of the women had experienced severe abuse and injuries, and required physical protection. Implications of these findings as they relate to program development and integration of social services are discussed.
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Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: Psychology Department, Michigan State University

Publication date: January 1, 1992

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