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The problem of violence against women in the United States has gained increasing attention in the past 25 years, and more recently has become the focus of considerable research. Unfortunately, the growth of the shelter movement has not been matched with systematic scientific inquiry about how shelters function or their impact. Anecdotal information from service providers and abused women indicates that the opportunities for extended periods of safe and low-cost housing, childcare, health services, and opportunities for generating an independent source of income are critical to the goal of violence-free independent living. With that goal in mind, several transitional housing programs for abused women have been implemented across the United States. The transitional housing units provide a longer-term living arrangement, often up to two years. This longer term arrangement provides not only shelter, but also continued advocacy and counselling services to residents, allowing women and their children to gradually make the transition from violent home to safe home, helping women to increase their self-efficacy so that they are able to marshal the skills and resources necessary to live independently and violence free. Consequently, this study proposes to research the usefulness and effectiveness of the {domestic violence agency’s name} two transitional housing programs in XXXX. The design is informed by a post-modern constructivist ontology that values inclusiveness, pluralism, and that ensures that all stockholders’ voices are present in the construction of meaning. Stakeholder narratives will be collected to explore the usefulness and effectiveness of these programs. I am particularly interested in the strengths and limitations of both programs specifically as they inform the way in which he diverse clients experience these programs. Semi-structured qualitative interviews and field notes will be collected. Transcripts will be content analysed with the use of grounded theory (Strauss & Corbin, 1998) data analysis techniques.

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