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Women under protection: in hiding from violent men
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Women's Shelter, Karlskrona, Sweden .
2009 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 18, no 4, 419-430 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden in 2007, 11,047 people, out of a population of around nine million were living under at-risk conditions requiring protective measures for their safety. Sixty per cent were women, most of them hiding from men who had battered them and were still threatening and stalking them. In this research and intervention study, a group of women in hiding were given different kinds of support and 23 women were interviewed. These women struggle to make a living, work or study, and their finances are extremely strained. Their social networks/interactions are nonexistent. Living under constant threat and insecurity has an adverse impact on the women's health. The community is obliged, for economic and security reasons, to support battered women. There are still severe shortcomings with regard to security. One recommendation is the institution of personal protection officers, i.e. specially trained social service caseworkers able to support the woman once protection measures have been decided.

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Blackwell Publishing , 2009. Vol. 18, no 4, 419-430 p.
Keyword [en]
security, violence, stalking, abused women, protection
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Sociology Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32056DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00623.xOAI: diva2:300802
Available from: 2010-03-01 Created: 2010-03-01 Last updated: 2014-11-14Bibliographically approved

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