Partners involved in abusive relationships and help-seeking: A field study of service provider responses in the referral process.
AuthorHarvey, David Raymond.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study investigated the interaction of partners involved in abusive relationships and community agency sources for referral to treatment alternatives. Forty-eight service providers in six agency settings participated in the field study. Participants' contacts with male and female partners involved in abusive relationships were documented for sixteen weeks. The types of services to which these partners were referred were also documented. A multiple group time series design investigated the relationship of two referral skills training formats and the frequency of participants' referral contacts. The study recorded the attitudes and beliefs of service providers regarding training needs, treatment efficacy, and facilitative referral behavior with abused and abusive partners. The study's findings indicated that it is feasible to implement a data collection system to measure demand for domestic violence services within a community service delivery system. Among the findings across the six settings, 83 percent of the total referral contacts and 95 percent of the in-person contacts were made with female partners. Other results indicated that 64 percent of referrals of male partners were to private practice settings, compared with 19 percent of couple referrals, and 4 percent of female partner referrals. No relationship was found between referral skills training formats and the frequency of participants' referral contacts. The constraints of the field study context appeared to limit the investigation of this relationship. Participants did indicate preferences for additional training in very practical referral skill areas. Other participant beliefs and attitudes regarding the efficacy of services and facilitative referral behaviors with abused and abusive partners are presented. The limitations of the study and the implications of the findings are discussed.
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