Advocacy for battered women: A national survey

Einat Peled*, Jeffrey L. Edleson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The literature defining advocacy for battered women is almost nonexistent and there is no systematic research on its parameters. This article reports the results of a national survey of 379 advocacy services in the United States. Findings on organizational context, definitions of advocacy, client issues and concerns, advocate activities, and advocate interactions with other social systems are presented. Possible explanations of an apparent emphasis on individual over system change are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1994


  • advocacy
  • battered women
  • women's services


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