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Participation in a Domestic Violence Shelter and Changes in Perception of One's Self-Confidence Over Time

Monday, November 2, 2015

Amy Malzberg Weintraub, PhD, Freedom House, Freedom House, New York City, NY
This paper is an examination of 48 victims of domestic violence who entered into a domestic violence shelter and who were tested for their level of self-confidence at point of entry into the shelter and two months into the shelter program.  A T test was conducted to determine if their levels of self–confidence had increased as a result of their shelter stay.  The findings indicate that there were statistically significant improvements in their level of self-confidence over the two months and that domestic violence shelters can have a positive effect on the residents’ self-confidence if the shelters provide services of trained social workers with a background in domestic violence who understand the dynamics of the violence and can enable to victims to move beyond the battering experience.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the various forms of intimate partner violence Explain the concept of self-confidence in relation to intimate partner abuse Compare respondents responses to a sixteen item self-confidence questionnaire Assess the significance of the findings on the sixteen item self-confidence questionnaire

Keyword(s): Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold a Ph.D. from Columbia University where I majored in the socio-medical sciences. I was the director of the Center for Victim Support for over 20 years at Harlem Hospital Center where I was responsible for assessing victims of interpersonal partner violence and rape/sexual assault. I am an adjunct professor at Mercy College where I am teaching a course on domestic violence.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.