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Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences, Executive Summary

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dc.contributor.author Lyon, Eleanor
dc.contributor.author Lane, Shannon
dc.contributor.author Menard, Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-27T21:59:35Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-27T21:59:35Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Lyon, Eleanor; Lane, Shannon; Menard, Anne. (2008). Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences, Executive Summary. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and University of Connecticut School of Social Work, 19 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.govdoc NCJ 226045
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/226045.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/352
dc.description Research Brief en_US
dc.description.abstract This is the executive summary of a multi-State study of domestic-violence shelters that describes the shelter experiences of survivors of domestic violence, documents the range of services provided, and distinguishes the shelter experiences for survivors with different demographic characteristics and from various geographic regions. The study’s overall conclusion is that domestic violence shelters throughout the Nation serve a critical need for survivors, with many of the survivors describing their shelter experience as life-saving. The findings show that shelters provide a wide variety of educational, emotional, psychological, attitudinal, and practical benefits to residents. This includes changing survivor perceptions of the resources they need in order to live safer and more fulfilling lives. The services provided to residents as well as nonresidential clients have evolved to become comprehensive and multifaceted in an effort to respond to a broader array of needs and concerns. Regarding existing challenges for shelters, many survivors struggle with some shelter rules related to eligibility for admission, responsibilities while they are in residence, and how long they may stay in the shelter. Staff training in conflict resolution, although common in many programs, might be offered more often or on a wider basis. Some differences in needs by race/ethnicity were documented, and problems with lack of respect for cultural customs were not likely to be resolved. Efforts to expand staff diversity and create working environments supportive for all staff should be continued. Recommendations include an analysis of services related to substance abuse, using the Internet as a source of information about the shelter, and changing some of the shelter-related language to be more gender-neutral. Evaluations can be improved by addressing literacy, language, and cultural issues of survey respondents. The study sampled the experiences of 3,410 residents of 215 domestic-violence shelters in 8 States. 3 tables. (CVRL Note: See also NCJ 226046 (summary of findings) and NCJ 225025 (final report).) (NCJRS Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences, Final Report
dc.relation.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/351
dc.subject Program Evaluation en_US
dc.subject Residential Services en_US
dc.subject Transitional Housing en_US
dc.subject Safe Houses en_US
dc.subject Accessibility Services en_US
dc.subject Group Treatment en_US
dc.subject Crisis Counseling en_US
dc.subject Advocacy en_US
dc.subject Physical Disability en_US
dc.subject Multilingual en_US
dc.subject Male Victims en_US
dc.subject Domestic Abuse en_US
dc.subject Spouse Abuse en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Emotional Burden en_US
dc.title Meeting Survivors' Needs: A Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences, Executive Summary en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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