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Project: What works and why? The significance of how interventions and cooperation among organizations affect victims health and well-being

The overall purpose of this research project is to explore the treatment delivered by specialized units in social services to victims of domestic abuse, and to identify the possible core elements in the treatment. We also aim to identify how the need for support is described by victims of domestic violence and their experiences in receiving treatment.

Project information

Project manager
Lotta Agevall Gross
Other project members
Johanna Thulin and Cecilia Kjellgren, Linnaeus University; Mikael Skillmark, Jönköping University, Sweden; Verner Denvall, Lund University, Sweden
Financier
Forte (the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare)
Timetable
2019–2022
Subject
Social work (Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences)

More about the project

The overall purpose of this research project is to explore the treatment delivered by specialised units in social services to victims of domestic abuse, and to identify the possible core elements in the treatment. In the four proposed sub-studies, we also aim to identify how the need for support is described by victims of domestic violence and their experiences in receiving treatment.

  • In study 1, we explore the interventions offered to abused women in two specialised units in two municipalities in Sweden. We are interested in how (e.g. fidelity, organisation) the interventions are carried out and by who (e.g. skills, functions, mandates).
  • Study 2 focuses on the outcomes of the interventions applying a quasi- experimental pre- and post-test design, with the application of a self-report.
  • Study 3 involves a qualitative approach using in-depth interviews to identify the factors that are relevant in understanding and interpreting the effects of treatment.
  • Finally, we focus on the roles of different stakeholders and the collaboration among them, as identified in the women’s narratives and trajectories.

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