Rebirth of the self: How battered women experience treatment

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The study analyzes battered women's experiences of treatment processes and results. A qualitative methodology based on the phenomenological approach, including semi-structured deep interviews, was used in collecting and analyzing the data of 60 women who had undergone treatment in six different agencies. All the agencies were highly qualified in providing psychosocial intervention in cases involving domestic violence and were operated by the Israel Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. The findings reveal that the most significant experience for the women was being held and contained by the social worker, an action that allowed their recognition of "self." Concerning outcomes, objective results such as taking action toward changing the violent relationship or leaving it were much less significant in the women's experience. Various aspects of the experience are described and analyzed, emphasizing the treatment process as a rebirth of the women. Implications for treatment based on this significant perspective are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-103
Number of pages19
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Battered women
  • Domestic violence
  • Self
  • Treatment
  • Women's experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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