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Characteristics of Women Who Do and Do Not Receive Onsite Shelter Services From Domestic Violence Programs

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 8 Dated: August 2011 Pages: 1024-1045
Susan F. Grossman; Marta Lundy
Date Published
August 2011
22 pages
This article examines the reasons why some victims of intimate partner receive shelter services while others do not.
Shelter services are an essential means of providing help to women who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV), but not all victims receive shelter. This article reports the results of a secondary analysis of statewide data from women using IPV services, comparing victims who did and did not obtain shelter. The demographic characteristics, abuse experiences, and service patterns of these survivors are examined. A model predicting characteristics associated with the likelihood of shelter receipt indicates that women who obtain shelter are more vulnerable and obtain more services than women who do not obtain shelter. The implications of these results are discussed. (Published Abstract)