College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Winter 3-18-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Megan Greeson, PhD

Second Advisor

Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, PhD


Domestic violence advocates accompany and support victims as they navigate community systems (e.g. legal, medical, and social) to obtain needed services and prevent future partner violence. Research suggests victims believe economic services will increase their sense of safety in abusive relationships. Although advocates acknowledge economic services are critical to victims’ safety, the ecological factors that impact how advocates are providing these services have not been examined in the literature. The purpose of this study is to explore the factors that challenge and facilitate advocates’ work with domestic violence survivors around economic/financial issues from an ecological perspective. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 domestic violence advocates in the state of Illinois to understand their experiences working with survivors on economic/financial issues. Findings help to identify what advocates and domestic violence programs need to be more effective at working with survivors around economic/financial issues. This can help inform training, technical assistance, funding, and other resources for working with women on economic services.

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