Providing Hope: Empowering Homeless, Battered Women Through Vocational Opportunities
Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Vol. 2, p. 73, Summer 2009
6 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2010 Last revised: 27 Dec 2010
Date Written: Summer 2009
There are many factors that contribute to homelessness, including women's need to flee from abusive relationships. Shelters offer temporary respite. But they are not a long-term solution for helping women establish financial independence. Even if employed, most homeless women do not make enough money for even a modest apartment. And their stress is compounded if they or their children become ill while living on the streets. Vocational training programs are a key part of meeting the long-term needs of homeless, battered women. The most successful of these programs also offer women protection from their abusers. Given appropriate support, women leaving abusive relationships can make a new life for themselves and their children.
Keywords: Domestic violence, homelessness, battered women, spousal abuse, vocational training programs, homeless women
JEL Classification: I38, J69, M53
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