Choice and empowerment for battered women who stay: Toward a constructivist model

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Abstract

This article examines the individual and social construction of empowerment for battered women who choose to stay with their abusers through a critical examination of the images of battered women who stay, constructed in the professional literature on various ecological levels, and a proposal of a constructivist model for empowering battered women who choose to stay that balances between their needs and rights. The model includes dimensions of physical and emotional distance as well as a time dimension. Key themes related to battered women's options along these dimensions are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-25
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Work
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2000

Keywords

  • Battered women
  • Constructivist perspective
  • Empowerment
  • Intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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