On the lived experience of battered women residing in shelters

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Hilla Chaya Cohen

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Abstract

We present a qualitative study of battered women, which examined their experiences while staying at shelters. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 battered women staying at shelters. The interviews elicited four main themes: the women's perceptions of the shelter; the woman's perceptions of herself and her life experiences; the woman's perceptions of her relations with other battered women at the shelter; and the woman's perceptions of her relations with the staff of the shelter. The paper concludes with a discussion of the limitations of the study, implications for future research, implications for theory development, and implications for therapy and intervention with the problem of wife battering.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)95-109
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Lived experience
  • Shelters for battered women
  • Staying at a shelter
  • Wife battering

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