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The Influence of Low-Barrier and Voluntary Service Policies on Survivor Empowerment in a Domestic Violence Housing Organization [Advance Online Publication]

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dc.contributor.author Nnawulezi, Nkiru
dc.contributor.author Godsay, Surbhi
dc.contributor.author Sullivan, Cris
dc.contributor.author Marcus, Suzanne
dc.contributor.author Hacskaylo, Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-29T16:35:17Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-29T16:35:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Nnawulezi, N., Godsay, S., Sullivan, C. M., Marcus, S., & Hacskaylo, M. (2018). The Influence of Low-Barrier and Voluntary Service Policies on Survivor Empowerment in a Domestic Violence Housing Organization [Advance Online Publication]. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ort0000291 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.dashdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Nnawulezi-et-al-2018-The-Influence-of-Low-Barrier-and-Voluntary-Service.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1773
dc.description.abstract The purpose of community-based domestic violence crisis housing programs (e.g., shelters) is to provide a safe setting that promotes empowerment for survivors of intimate partner violence. For staff to reach this aim, the program must have formal structures and processes in place to support such efforts. This study explored how low-barrier and voluntary service policies influenced staff practices and survivor empowerment. Low-barrier policies require that programs remove barriers that prevent survivors, particularly those who have mental health concerns and/or addictions, from being able to access services. A voluntary service policy states that survivors have the right to choose which services, if any, they would like to engage in during their stay at the program. Survivors’ ability to stay at the housing program is not contingent on their participation in program services. This exploratory-sequential (QUAL>quan) mixed-method study examined how low-barrier and voluntary service policies influenced staff behavior and how these behaviors then related to survivor empowerment. Qualitative results revealed that low-barrier and voluntary service were guided by cultural values of justice and access, encouraged survivor-centered practices among staff, and were believed to promote survivor autonomy. Quantitative results suggested that when survivors perceived they had a choice to engage in program services or meet with an advocate, their empowerment increased. This study has implications for domestic violence organizational practice and provides evidence about the contextual factors that support individual empowerment. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Journal of Orthopsychiatry en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Shelters en_US
dc.subject Residential Services en_US
dc.subject Housing en_US
dc.subject Empowerment 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 Partner Abuse en_US
dc.subject Victims en_US
dc.subject Institutional Planning en_US
dc.subject Organizational Support en_US
dc.subject Accessibility en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Victim-centered en_US
dc.subject Self-sufficiency en_US
dc.subject Self-reliance en_US
dc.subject Policies en_US
dc.subject Low-barrier en_US
dc.subject Low-threshold en_US
dc.subject Eligibility en_US
dc.subject Eligible en_US
dc.subject Inclusive en_US
dc.subject Trust en_US
dc.subject Autonomy en_US
dc.subject Victim Needs en_US
dc.title The Influence of Low-Barrier and Voluntary Service Policies on Survivor Empowerment in a Domestic Violence Housing Organization [Advance Online Publication] en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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