Towards the Road to Independence: The Affect of a Shelter Experience on DV Victims Case Study of Taipei City’s Lan Hsin Shelter Shu-Fen WANG, DirectorGarden of Hope Taipei City Branch
Research MotivationOversee Lan Hsin Shelter since 2001Questions of Interest: How does a shelter experience changes occupants’ lives? Does it affect their choice to lead independent lives?Supervisor’s approval/support & Foundation’s research funding
Lan Hsin ShelterSheltered Individuals: 2001 Statistics, 102 persons (64 women, 38 children)Settled Cases in 2001: 85 persons (55 women, 30 children). 45% of women returned to original r’ship, 55% led independent lives or lived with family/friendsServices provided: Case management service: Supportive counseling, Legal advice, Financial assistance, Accompaniment (court appearance, retrieval of valuables from home, hospital visits) Group project service: Women’s support group education, De- stress workshop, Children education counseling, Parent-child groups Life counseling service: Life management, Recreation & Entertainment, Spiritual Care
Research ObjectivesResearch of how a shelter experience affects:DV victims’ personal effectiveness, including strengthening ego function, increasing capability for independent living & self- fulfillmentDV victims’ management of subsequent intimate r’ship & violenceDV victims’ choice to lead independent livesProposals on how to develop & improve future shelter services
Research Design Literature Review/Analysis In-depth Interview Subjects of in-depth interview: Victims of violence in intimate r’ships, who have stayed in Lan Hsin Shelter for more than three (3) months, & have left the Shelter within one (1) year Number of Interviewees: Four (4) persons Content of Interview: 1) Basic information: Age, Level of Education, Profession, Length of Stay in Shelter 2) Interview Content: Shelter experience & its influence, Process of choice to live independently & its challenges
Research Analysis Literature review: DV victims meets complex challenges when trying to leave violent environments How a shelter experience helps DV victims establish inner drive to build independent lives: 1. Reviews the influence of violence in intimate r’ships 2. Enable them to discipline children & support them 3. Build self-identity & independent decision-making skills-Determine the goals &directions of the next stage of life 4. Personal characteristics & previous experience of independent living
Research Analysis How a shelter experience helps DV victims establish external drive to build independent lives:1) Function of shelter structure & shelter management (1) Ease occupants’ ability to adapt to new environment (2) Provide resting place for spiritual rejuvenation (3) Guide in thinking about future direction (4) Cultivation of independent living skills through shelter management (5) Offer of friendship & peer support in shelter (6) Broaden life experiences, increasing possibilities in life
Research Analysis2. Support & accompaniment of shelter employees3. Professional support of shelter employees(1) Guidance in life rebuilding process: Eliminate fear of unknown future(2) Legal assistance(3) Arrangement of child care/education(4) Financial assistance
Conclusion & Suggestions(1) Conclusion:Shelter services can effectively assist DV victims to escape violent environment, providing vital support & resources to build independent livesInner drive to lead independent lives includes review of violence in intimate r’ship, support for children, finding self-identity, personal characteristics & life experiencesExternal drive to lead independent lives includes system of shelter services, professional assistance received, & support/accompaniment.
Conclusion & Suggestions(2) Suggestions: Provide DV victims willing to progress towards independent lives suitable length of living in shelter Provide DV victims resources for rebuilding lives, develop multiple kinds of community support services Provide employment services Develop multiple kinds of housing resources Publicity & advocacy of foreign spouse related issues Reflection of the shelter’s service positioning
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