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Authors

Leslie M. Tutty

Abstract

Shelters for women are often seen as the major resource for intimate partner violence, yet few evaluations have been published. This study describes the needs, trauma symptoms and safety issues of 368 women as they enter and leave emergency shelters in ten Canadian violence against women emergency shelters; nine operated by the YWCA and a private shelter in Nova Scotia. The results capture the nature of the abuse, what the women wanted from shelter residence, the services they received, and their plans for afterwards. On shelter entry, on the Danger Assessment over 75% of women residents fell in the range of Extreme or Severe Danger. Although still in the clinical range, total and subscales on the Impact of Event Scale-Revised significantly reduced from shelter entry to exit. The women strongly endorsed the shelter in assisting them with safety, support and access to essential basic needs.

Note on the Author

Leslie Tutty is Professor Emerita with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Over the past 25 years, her research has focused on programs for intimate partner violence including a number of evaluations of shelter and post-shelter programs for abused women, support groups for abused women, prevention and treatment for adult and child victims of sexual abuse and groups for abusive men.

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