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Shelter and service receipt for victims of domestic violence in Illinois


Author(s) Grossman, Susan F, Marta Lundy, Christine C. George and Sonya Crabtree-Nelson
Title Shelter and service receipt for victims of domestic violence in Illinois
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2010, Vol. 25, No 11, pp 2077-2093
Date 2010
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study explored the experiences of a random sample of women who received shelter services from agencies supporting victims of domestic violence in Illinois. The service used by nearly 96% of victims in the shelter program was individual counselling. About three quarters of the victims obtained group counselling and other advocacy services, two thirds received help with protection orders and about half obtained family services such as child care. Collaborative case management, linking with other services, was obtained by about half the victims Small proportions of the victims also received education, economic, employment, and medical assistance and the smallest proportion received assistance with criminal charges. It was found that shelters provided a place of respite and safety and meet significant needs of women, continuing in many instances after the women had left. Recommendations are made for improved service delivery, particularly after the woman has left the shelter and may have difficulty in obtaining certain services such as educational and employment assistance, and group counselling.
Keywords Domestic violence; shelters; counselling; advocacy; case management
Topic Domestic violence