Directors' opinions about domestic violence and sexual assault service strategies that help survivors 

           

 

Author(s) Macy, Rebecca J., Cynthia F. Rizo, Natalie B. Johns and Dania M. Ermentrout
Title Directors' opinions about domestic violence and sexual assault service strategies that help survivors
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Mar  2013, Vol 28, No. 5, pp 1040-66
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage North Carolina, USA
Summary This study investigates community-based agency directors' general opinions of domestic violence and sexual assault service strategies that help survivors. Participants agreed that crisis, legal advocacy and medical advocacy services should be available 24/7 and be a recommended practice, and also open, ongoing support groups were recommended to help survivors. In some areas participants' opinions diverged, such as whether survivors are best helped when staff rather than volunteers provide support and services and whether support group services be limited to those with similar experience of violent victimisation. Differences were also found between directors of urban based and rural services. Although the recommended practices are not evidence-based with rigorous evaluation, the authors suggest that these consensus-based practice recommendations nonetheless provide helpful guidance to service providers.
Keywords Service providers; domestic violence; sexual assault; best practice; crisis
Topic

Service delivery