Aboriginal Women's Perceptions and Experiences of a Family Violence Transitional Accommodation Service

Sarah Wendt, Joanne Baker

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    Abstract

    This article presents a qualitative study of Aboriginal women's perceptions and experiences of a transitional housing program in South Australia that was established to assist long-term homelessness and family violence. The aim of the study was to explore the experiences and service outcomes for Aboriginal women and their children and to identify both facilitators and barriers to the effective operation of the program. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 13 Aboriginal women and thematic analysis was used to report their collective stories. The women's stories showed individualised, flexible, and open-ended support as well as practical outcomes of stable, safe housing for themselves and their children were particularly valued. The women reported that these features of the program augmented feelings of strengthened confidence and self-efficacy. The authors argue the domestic and family violence sector has the opportunity to learn from the perceptions and experiences of Aboriginal women, particularly allowing time and commitment to working long-term with families.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)511-527
    Number of pages17
    JournalAustralian Social Work
    Volume66
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

    Keywords

    • Aboriginal Women
    • Family Violence
    • Transitional Housing

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