Shelter service utilization of domestic violence victims

Brady J.Miller Clevenger, Dominique Roe-Sepowitz

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    This study examines service utilization among 283 adult victims of domestic violence identified by crisis responders as being in need of crisis services. The purpose of this study is to explore the differences between the domestic violence victims who choose to utilize shelter services and those who do not. Findings suggest that domestic violence victims who were more likely to utilize shelter services included those who had children at the time of the incident, victims who called for assistance from a location other than their home, victims who did not have a current order of protection in place, and victims who were injured during the domestic violence incident. Implications suggest more specific services to be provided by shelters.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)359-374
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2009


    • Crisis services
    • Domestic violence
    • Service utilization
    • Victims

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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