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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency Directors' Perspectives on Services That Help Survivors

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 16 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2010 Pages: 1138-1161
Rebecca J. Macy; Mary C. Giattina; Natalie Johns Montijo; Dania M. Ermentrout
Date Published
October 2010
24 pages
Through in-depth interviews, this study examined the perspectives of domestic violence and sexual assault agency directors' views on effective services for sexual assault survivors.
Community-based domestic violence and sexual assault service providers need sound knowledge regarding services that work well to improve the lives of survivors. This exploratory, qualitative research aimed to help provide such knowledge by investigating domestic violence and sexual assault agency executive directors' ( n = 14) opinions regarding what services are most helpful for survivors. In-depth interviews with directors provided findings about (a) critical services for survivors; (b) essential service delivery practices; (c) ideal services that are challenging to deliver because of funding and other barriers; and (d) areas of service delivery practice uncertainty due to a lack of best practices. References (Published Abstract)