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Handlingsutrymmets betydelse i arbetet med våldsutsatta kvinnor med ett missbruk : En kvalitativ studie om yrkesverksammas handlingsutrymme i arbetet med att tillhandahålla stöd till våldsutsatta kvinnor med ett missbruk inom kvinnojoursverksamhet   / The importance of professional discretion in providing support to women who are victims of violence and substance abuse

Authors
  • Ekhem, Agnes
  • Alnemo Hesselgård, Ellen
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2023
Source
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Language
Swedish
License
Green
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Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a recognized and widely discussed social problem  that affects women in a global perspective. One group that is considered to be particularly vulnerable are women who have been subjected to violence and also struggle with addiction. There are relatively few studies that have been conducted in this field, especially on how women's shelters work with these women. This essay aims to increase knowledge about the professional discretion in providing support to women who have been subjected to violence and struggle with addiction within women's shelters. We chose to analyze the data by using Lipsky's theory of Street-Level Bureaucracy, where we focused on the professionals' discretion. The empirical material consisted of semi-structured interviews with eight professionals from various women's shelters. The results show that the professional's discretion is influenced by individual factors in the form of their own attitudes towards the women and their view of the assignment. The results also show that organizational factors such as the board's interests, financial resources and competence, affects the professional's discretion.

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