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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 597–604 | Cite as

Factors that Influence Life Satisfaction Among Battered Women in Shelters: Those Who Stay Versus Those Who Leave

  • Anat Ben-PoratEmail author
  • Haya Itzhaky
Original article

Abstract

The study focused on differences between women who left shelters for battered women and returned to their partners, versus those who stayed in the shelter for over 3 months. The study was conducted in battered women’s shelters in Israel, and examined the contribution of women’s internal resources (self-esteem and empowerment) to their life satisfaction, as well as the contribution of integration (participation and commitment) in the shelter at the time of their arrival to their satisfaction with their life. Findings indicate that, among the group of women who stayed in the shelter, personal resources as well as participation and commitment contributed to their life satisfaction. Among the group of women who left the shelter, only commitment contributed to life satisfaction.

Keywords

Domestic violence Battered women’s shelter Life satisfaction Self-esteem Participation Commitment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkBar-Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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