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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management

Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management

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(p.117) 8 Reaching Out for Social Support and Navigating the Challenges of Information Management
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies
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Sherry Hamby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.003.0008

To many people, helpseeking primarily refers to contacting professional help. That is not how many people seek help, however. People most often turn to family, friends, and other loved ones. As with other aspects of battered women's protective strategies, there are many important facets of informal helpseeking that are under-recognized. Disclosure always comes with the risk of rejection and stigma. When women choose not to disclose to family, service providers, or researchers, they are often making a calculated decision that the risks of disclosure in that circumstance do not exceed the benefits. The vast majority women disclose to at least one person in their social network. The differences in rates of disclosure across groups also makes more sense than is commonly acknowledged, as virtually all studies show family is disclosed to more than co-workers. All types of reaching out for social support are reviewed in this chapter.

Keywords:   Disclosure, social support, family, informal helpseeking, stigma, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

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