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Refuges and Housing for Battered Women (From Private Violence and Public Policy, P 166-178, 1985, Jan Pahl, ed. - See NCJ-98427)

NCJ Number
V Binney; G Harkell; J Nixon
Date Published
13 pages
This survey analyzes, through questionnaires from 656 women living in 128 refuges, the provisions of refuge for battered women in England and Wales.
The need for alternative accommodations for battered women is explained, and the kinds of accommodations available are described. The process by which battered women, often with their children, leave a violent household to seek refuge is described as long and arduous, and the problems women encountered are analyzed. First, the response of many social service agencies, due to the emphasis by many agencies on reconciliation, is described as a hindrance to leaving the home. Additionally, the resistance of some locales to the creation of refuges is cited. Other problems concerning refuge are poor quality housing and overcrowding. Local government cooperation is needed for both emergency refuge and adequate permanent housing facilities. Strict local criteria for housing eligibility and spending cuts are cited as discouraging many women. New laws, which are intended to increase the chances of battered women to secure needed housing, are described.