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Battered women’s help-seeking: a turning point from victimization to readiness

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dc.contributor.author Park, Eonju
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-30T20:17:43Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-30T20:17:43Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Park, Eonju. (2009). Battered women’s help-seeking: a turning point from victimization to readiness [Dissertation]. University of Minnesota, 202 pgs. Retrieved from: http://hdl.handle.net/11299/52380. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://conservancy.umn.edu/bitstream/handle/11299/52380/Park_umn_0130E_10332.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1272
dc.description.abstract This exploratory qualitative study investigates battered women's help-seeking on the continuum of their victimization and readiness. This study starts with a conceptualization of battered women's help-seeking strategies and identifies positive and negative help based on twelve women's perceptions of those services. Finally, this study suggests a conceptual model for battered women's help-seeking from formal social services. In-depth interviews with twelve survivors of domestic violence revealed that these battered women sought help from formal social services toward the end of their abusive relationships, and utilized diverse help-seeking strategies from various help sources including but not limited to seeking protection from the criminal justice system. They especially perceived formal social service agencies and personnel as positive if the personnel valued self-determination, validated that the abuse was not the women's fault, and provided resources to (re)build their self-sufficiency. In addition, formal social services were often able to protect them from the abuse. In this regard, positive help from formal social services influenced the women's readiness to change by affecting the construction of a turning point. Negative help from formal social services kept battered women in the status quo only before they approached their turning point. Not wanting to minimize the importance of the criminal justice system's response in fostering the batterer's accountability, this research found that it is also essential to focus on battered women's varied and self-identified needs and to increase their accessibility to these resources. This study suggests that formal social services help women end the abuse by respecting women's self-determination and promoting women's readiness to reach a turning point. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Minnesota en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Leaving en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Domestic Abuse en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Spouse Abuse en_US
dc.subject Relationship Violence en_US
dc.subject Partner Abuse en_US
dc.subject Victim Input en_US
dc.subject Victim Voice en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Community Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Victim Satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Victim Protection en_US
dc.subject Believing Victims en_US
dc.subject Self-determination en_US
dc.subject Empowerment en_US
dc.title Battered women’s help-seeking: a turning point from victimization to readiness en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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