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Literature Review: What obstacles and issues prevent women from leaving their violent partners?

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  • Submitted: 28/08/2009
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Literature Review: 'What obstacles and issues prevent women from leaving their violent partners?'

For this research dissertation, I have chosen to study the subject of domestic violence, and more specifically, the issues and obstacles which make it difficult for women to leave their abusive partners and the role of the social worker and influences they have in practice. My research will be concentrating solely on women as victims, as although I acknowledge that men can also suffer at the hands of domestic violence, it is universally accepted that females are more frequently victims of domestic violence (Hague et al, 2003).

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Domestic violence is a serious criminal and societal problem. Over the last thirty years domestic violence in the UK has gone from being a largely unspoken subject to one which is being tackled and confronted by government and statutory bodies and the voluntary sector. Furthermore, thirty years ago, little was written or known about domestic violence. This allowed the abuse of women to go on behind closed doors of many homes, without interventions; help was limited for sufferers of domestic violence.

Today the issue of domestic violence has become more prominent within

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