Examining women's agency in managing intimate partner violence and the related risk of homelessness: the role of harm minimisation

Meyer, Silke (2015) Examining women's agency in managing intimate partner violence and the related risk of homelessness: the role of harm minimisation. Global Public Health, 11 1-2: 198-210. doi:10.1080/17441692.2015.1047390


Author Meyer, Silke
Title Examining women's agency in managing intimate partner violence and the related risk of homelessness: the role of harm minimisation
Journal name Global Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-1706
1744-1692
Publication date 2015-06-25
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17441692.2015.1047390
Volume 11
Issue 1-2
Start page 198
End page 210
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has a detrimental impact on women and children's emotional, physical and social well-being and has been identified as one of the most common contributors to women's experiences of housing instabilities and homelessness. Women affected by IPV often experience a great level of uncertainty around housing solutions when trying to leave an abusive partner. This study explores women's responses to IPV and the related risk of homelessness through women's narratives (n = 22) in Queensland, Australia. Of particular interest are women's decisions and actions to minimise the impact of IPV as well as homelessness on their and their children's safety and well-being. Findings reveal that women's agency in relation to harm minimisation can take various forms, including the decision to stay with, leave or return to an abusive partner. The data offer insights into women's strategic attempts to manage IPV and the related risk of homeless while trying to minimise the harm associated with one and the other. Implications for understanding women's agency in managing IPV and the related risk of homelessness and providing adequate support mechanisms to improve women and children's social, emotional and physical well-being are discussed.
Keyword Intimate partner violence
Homelessness
Agency
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 25 June 2015.

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