What Do Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service Providers Need to Know About Survivors to Deliver Services?

Rebecca J. Macy, Sandra L. Martin, Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, Cynthia F. Rizo

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Abstract

Using survey data, we investigate perspectives of 80 program directors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault agencies regarding whether gathering specific information at intake is helpful in determining survivors’ needs for five service areas: legal advocacy, medical advocacy, support group, counseling, and shelter. We explore whether directors’ opinions of information-type usefulness differ by type of service agency (single- or dual-focus). Findings show directors perceive the information most helpful to early service provision includes survivors’ goals, experiences of violence and trauma, and health status. MANOVA results show no significant differences among directors from single- or dual-focus agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-44
Number of pages17
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • assessment
  • domestic violence
  • partner violence
  • services
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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