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The Importance of Social Location and Context in Understanding Victimized Women’s Help-seeking

As empirical evidence has demonstrated the pervasiveness of sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the lives of women, and the links to poor mental health outcomes, attention has turned to examining how women seek and access formal help. We present a conceptual model that addresses prior limitations and makes three key contributions: It foregrounds the influence of social location and multiple contextual factors; emphasizes the importance of the attainment of effective formal help that meets women’s needs and leads to positive mental health outcomes; and highlights the role of interventions in facilitating help attainment.
Kennedy, A., Adams, A., Bybee, D., Campbell, R., Pimlott Kubiak, S., & Sullivan, C.M. (2012). A model of sexually and physically victimized women’s process of obtaining effective formal help over time: The role of social location, context, and interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(1), 217-228.