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Directors' opinions about domestic violence and sexual assault service strategies that help survivors.

Abstract

Little evidence is available regarding recommended practices for domestic violence and sexual assault services. Although there is a literature concerned with these services, few studies have investigated recommended practices from the perspective of community providers. In addition, researchers have not yet investigated the utility of specific domestic violence and sexual assault service delivery strategies. To help address these knowledge needs, the authors investigated agency directors' perspectives on six types of services typically offered by domestic violence and sexual assault agencies including crisis, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, support group, individual counseling, and shelter. The authors also examined the extent to which directors' opinions about service delivery practices differed based on key agency's characteristics, specifically the services offered (i.e., domestic violence, sexual assault, or both) and agency location (i.e., rural, suburban, or urban). A sample of 97 (94% response rate) North Carolina agency directors completed a survey on recommended service delivery practices. The authors conducted descriptive analyses to identify directors' overall opinions about service delivery practices and used multivariate analysis of variance to examine whether directors' opinions about service delivery practices differed according to agency characteristics. Findings showed differences in directors' opinions about service delivery practices based on their agency's service location. Practice recommendations were garnered from the study's results.

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    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. rjmacy@email.unc.edu

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    Source

    Journal of interpersonal violence 28:5 2013 Mar pg 1040-66

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Attitude of Health Personnel
    Consumer Advocacy
    Counseling
    Crisis Intervention
    Domestic Violence
    Female
    Health Care Surveys
    Humans
    Male
    Multivariate Analysis
    North Carolina
    Referral and Consultation
    Residential Facilities
    Self-Help Groups
    Sex Offenses
    Social Work
    Survivors

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23008054

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Directors' opinions about domestic violence and sexual assault service strategies that help survivors. AU - Macy,Rebecca J, AU - Rizo,Cynthia F, AU - Johns,Natalie B, AU - Ermentrout,Dania M, Y1 - 2012/09/24/ PY - 2012/9/24/aheadofprint PY - 2012/9/26/entrez PY - 2012/9/26/pubmed PY - 2013/8/21/medline SP - 1040 EP - 66 JF - Journal of interpersonal violence JO - J Interpers Violence VL - 28 IS - 5 N2 - Little evidence is available regarding recommended practices for domestic violence and sexual assault services. Although there is a literature concerned with these services, few studies have investigated recommended practices from the perspective of community providers. In addition, researchers have not yet investigated the utility of specific domestic violence and sexual assault service delivery strategies. To help address these knowledge needs, the authors investigated agency directors' perspectives on six types of services typically offered by domestic violence and sexual assault agencies including crisis, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, support group, individual counseling, and shelter. The authors also examined the extent to which directors' opinions about service delivery practices differed based on key agency's characteristics, specifically the services offered (i.e., domestic violence, sexual assault, or both) and agency location (i.e., rural, suburban, or urban). A sample of 97 (94% response rate) North Carolina agency directors completed a survey on recommended service delivery practices. The authors conducted descriptive analyses to identify directors' overall opinions about service delivery practices and used multivariate analysis of variance to examine whether directors' opinions about service delivery practices differed according to agency characteristics. Findings showed differences in directors' opinions about service delivery practices based on their agency's service location. Practice recommendations were garnered from the study's results. SN - 1552-6518 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23008054/Directors'_opinions_about_domestic_violence_and_sexual_assault_service_strategies_that_help_survivors_ L2 - http://jiv.sagepub.com/cgi/pmidlookup?view=long&pmid=23008054 ER -