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Providing Hope: Empowering Homeless, Battered Women Through Vocational Opportunities  

Author:  Alexander Tsesis, J.D..

Source: Volume 02, Number 01, Summer 2009 , pp.73-78(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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There are many factors that contribute to homelessness, including women’s need to flee from abusive relationships. Shelters offer temporary respite. But they are not a long-term solution for helping women establish financial independence. Even if employed, most homeless women do not make enough money for even a modest apartment. And their stress is compounded if they or their children become ill while living on the streets. Vocational training programs are a key part of meeting the long-term needs of homeless, battered women. The most successful of these programs also offer women protection from their abusers. Given appropriate support, women leaving abusive relationships can make a new life for themselves and their children.


Affiliations:  1: Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law.

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