“Where Is the Women’s Center Here?”: The Role of Information in Refugee Women’s Help Seeking for Intimate Partner Violence in a Resettlement Context

Karin Wachter, Laurie Cook Heffron, Jessica Dalpe, Alison Spitz

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Abstract

A qualitative study examined factors that hinder help seeking for intimate partner violence among women who resettled to the United States as refugees. A refugee resettlement agency recruited female clients (n = 35) and service providers and stakeholders (n = 53) in the metropolitan area. The study employed individual interviews and focus group discussions to collect data. An inductive and interpretive thematic approach guided the analytical process. The analysis revealed challenges related to information gaps and communication struggles complicating help-seeking processes. The findings point to the importance of bolstering information sharing within and across informal and formal networks to help women navigate support and services in resettlement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalViolence Against Women
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • domestic violence, help seeking
  • health information
  • refugee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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