Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 39–51 | Cite as

Racial differences among shelter residents: A comparison of anglo, black, and hispanic battered

  • Edward W. Gondolf
  • Ellen Fisher
  • J. Richard McFerron


The implications of racial differences for shelter services has become an increasing concern with the expansion and development of shelters for battered women. This study employs bivariate cross-tabulations and discriminant analysis of shelter intake and exit interviews to determine the most influential variables in differentiating anglo, black, and hispanic women. The groups appear to be differentiated most by income and marital related variables, and very little by abuse and help-seeking variables. The findings suggest that the greatest differences overall are between anglo and hispanic women, and that additional economic and educational supports need to be directed to the hispanic group.

Key words

race service delivery spouse abuse women shelters 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward W. Gondolf
    • 1
  • Ellen Fisher
    • 2
  • J. Richard McFerron
    • 3
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh
  2. 2.Austin Center for Battered WomenAustin
  3. 3.Academic Computing ServicesIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndiana

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