Goals and Range of Services

The battered women's movement started in the 1970s when the first shelters for women and children were created. Today there are more than 1300 shelters and

Domestic Violence Intervention thousands of service programs in the United States; most are overcrowded and have waiting lists. The immediate goal of most shelters is to provide safety to the woman. Referral for emergency medical care is often provided for those who arrive with injuries. Additional goals including providing legal advocacy for women, help in finding jobs, and social services. Many shelters offer support in the form of group programs and individual advocacy for women and some provide programs for their children. Ultimately, battered women need to find affordable shelter and ways to support themselves should they elect to leave the batterer for good.

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