Exploring the impact of traumatic stories on support workers in domestic violence shelters

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(Thesis) M.A.
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This qualitative study explored the impact of women’s traumatic stories on support workers in domestic violence shelters. The research design employed a grounded theory methodology based on a constructivist approach outlined by Charmaz (2006). Data collection entailed a series of open-ended interviews with a sample of nine support workers employed in transition houses in the lower mainland of British Columbia. As characteristic of grounded theory methods, I used the constant comparative method throughout three phases of analysis until all categories of data indicated theoretical sufficiency. The findings contributed to an interpretative theory that provides an in-depth description of how support workers process their reactions to traumatic material. In this model, I suggest that their context, circumstances, actions and interactions mitigate the effects of this trauma exposure. Finally, I address the implications for counsellors and transition house policy, hereby offering a voice to the underrepresented population of domestic violence support workers.
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Thesis advisor: Keats, Patrice
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