Achieving a Sustainable Livelihood After Leaving Intimate Partner Violence: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract

A community-based research (CBR) study was carried out with single mothers who had left abusive relationships in order to better understand their experiences of finding a sustainable livelihood after experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). Using the photovoice method and guided by the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) framework, participants took photographs representing their experiences of violence through their transition to single motherhood and beyond. The findings reported through their photos and stories reveal an often long and arduous journey amidst the complexity of single parenting and the effects of violence. As with many people living on a low income, they incorporated creative strategies to survive and enhance their own and their children’s quality of life. Important areas for change are suggested through aspects of the SL framework and primary prevention.

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-015-9686-x

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@article{Duffy2015AchievingAS, title={Achieving a Sustainable Livelihood After Leaving Intimate Partner Violence: Challenges and Opportunities}, author={Lynne R Duffy}, journal={Journal of Family Violence}, year={2015}, volume={30}, pages={403-417} }