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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping

Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping

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(p.49) 4 Understanding the Full Context of Violence: Financial and Institutional Issues that Constrain Coping
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies
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Sherry Hamby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.003.0004

Many problems caused by battering are derivative losses or cascading effects. Women who are trying to protect themselves from battering must deal with numerous other issues. Financial and institutional risks are addressed in this chapter. The financial demands of many coping choices are considerable. Especially, obtaining a divorce and establishing a new residence, the standard recommendations of many domestic violence programs, cost thousands of dollars. Institutional obstacles to protection can also be substantial. Most shelters, for example, can only offer very short-term housing. Other institutions can also present obstacles, including the risk of unfair or inappropriate treatment by law enforcement, health care professionals, and religious organizations. Understanding these risks is important for understanding women's protective strategies. As described in later chapters, too many protective strategies are invisible because the field does not focus on the ways that women work to address financial and institutional risks.

Keywords:   Financial issues, shelters, institutions, law enforcement, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, cascading effects

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