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Am J Community Psychol. 1991 Dec;19(6):953-60.

The provision of advocacy services to women leaving abusive partners: an examination of short-term effects.

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Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing 48824-1117.


Examined the short-term impact of providing advocacy services to women leaving battered women's shelters. The study employed a true longitudinal experimental design. Women in the advocacy condition received intensive one-on-one services with trained paraprofessional advocates. Advocates assisted women in accessing needed community resources. Women in the control condition received no additional postshelter services. Findings corroborated earlier research suggesting that battered women lack many resources necessary for independent living and that working with advocates produced greater effectiveness in accessing needed resources. Ongoing research will examine the long-term impact on life satisfaction, future victimization, and living arrangements.

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