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By Hilary Abrahams

Rebuilding Lives after family Violence examines in-depth the long term results for ladies who've suffered household violence and abuse, in accordance with interviews carried out over seven years. via those interviews the writer unearths the standards which support or prevent a profitable transition from abusive dating to self sustaining residing. the ladies interviewed supply an perception into the long and tough strategy of rebuilding their lives, and provide messages and recommendation to these operating with girls who've continued related reports. the writer examines matters the ladies normally face comparable to discovering secure and self sufficient lodging, development sensible and emotional help platforms and relationships, and concerns surrounding their kids. She additionally discusses carrier provision and attracts jointly the criteria that give a contribution to a winning and self sustaining lifestyles. This precise publication can be crucial interpreting for all these enthusiastic about operating with girls who've skilled household violence and abuse in addition to these liable for provider provision and coverage improvement.

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This was not the situation here – both women were desperate to become independent again as the disadvantages of refuge life began to bear more heavily. 7. Being able to obtain suitable accommodation of a reasonable standard, within a realistic timescale, has been identified for decades as being the single most significant obstacle to women leaving an abusive relationship. Not only does it stop them leaving, but it may also drive those who do take this step back to the abuser in frustration and despair (Binney, Harkell and Nixon 1981; Charles 1994; Davis 2003; Dobash and Dobash 1992; Malos and Hague 1993).

Some were looking even further ahead, for the opportunity to broaden their horizons and for personal achievement. •• The fears they expressed about their new lives were directly related to the effect that abuse had had on them: being alone, making decisions for themselves and, crucially, being found by their abuser, or by his or her family. •• At the same time, the women displayed a determination to make a success of their new lives, overcome the challenges they knew would face them, and make a successful transition to independent living.

You know but…like everybody, things do get me down. But…there’s a lot of women that have gone through a lot worse than what we did, and the support’s just not there for them. It should be long-term support, not twelve month maximum. ’ There should be support things there for other people. For two women, formal support arrangements were not in place at the time they had left the refuge. Both had felt more than ready to move on and cope with the practicalities of their situation (although they commented that someone with local knowledge and advice would have eased the process) and had also felt, before leaving, that they were capable of handling any emotional turmoil.

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