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Håkan Jönson

Håkan Jönson

Professor

Håkan Jönson

The use of ‘empowerment’ among organisations supporting victims of domestic violence in Sweden

Författare

  • Sara Helmersson
  • Håkan Jönson

Summary, in English

The aim of this paper is to investigate the prevalence and character of ‘empowerment’ as an approach used by women’s shelters, crime victim support groups and municipal crisis centres that provide support for battered women in Sweden. The study was based on a mail survey distributed among representatives of local crime victim support

groups and women’s shelters run by non-governmental organisations and the public sector (N = 207). The survey showed that empowerment was perceived as similar to the already established ‘help to self-help’ approach. Empowerment was described as a tool for individual change rather than collective action, although links to powersensitivity

and social change did appear in some answers. Contrary to expectations, the use of empowerment was not accompanied by comments on problematic power relations and difficulties in merging a non-directive approach with professional responsibilities. Using neo-institutional theory, results were interpreted in relation to

established work-patterns and problems that empowerment was perceived to solve.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan

Publiceringsår

2015

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

51-64

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

European Journal of Social Work

Volym

18

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • Social Work

Nyckelord

  • help to self-help
  • empowerment
  • violence against women
  • women’s shelters
  • policy translation
  • victim support

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1369-1457