Facilitators and barriers of empowerment in family and domestic violence housing models: A systematic literature review

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Martz, Julia R., Romero, Vivian and Anderson, Joel R.. (2020) Facilitators and barriers of empowerment in family and domestic violence housing models: A systematic literature review. Australian Psychologist. 55(5), pp. 440-454. https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12454
AuthorsMartz, Julia R., Romero, Vivian and Anderson, Joel R.
Abstract

Objective There is little research on housing options for Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) survivors in Australia. Many FDV housing models promote empowerment as an objective of their services, but without the necessary evidence base it is unknown which housing models best facilitate empowerment in FDV survivors. We conducted a systematic literature review in order to identify facilitators and barriers of empowerment within different FDV housing models around the world, with the aim of informing which FDV housing models might be effectively used in Australia. Method Searches were conducted using PsychINFO, Scopus, and Web of Science for studies examining housing models that promoted empowerment as an aim or outcome for FDV survivors. Results The search strategy identified 11 studies, which were primarily qualitative. Three themes emerged as facilitators of empowerment in FDV housing models: (a) respectful provision of services, (b) flexible rules, and (c) access to resources. Another three themes emerged as barriers to empowerment in FDV housing models: (a) cultural insensitivity, (b) social isolation, and (c) inconsistent rule enforcement. Conclusions This review provided some preliminary evidence that the culture within housing models facilitated empowerment in FDV survivors, more so than logistical characteristics of the housing models. This review can be used to inform ideal practice for Australian FDV housing models so that empowerment can be facilitated in survivors.

Keywordsfamily domestive violence; domestic violence survivors; survivors; housing models; empowerment
Year2020
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Journal citation55 (5), pp. 440-454
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN1742-9544
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12454
Page range1 - 15
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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