Organizations for Battered Women in the Buenos Aires Province
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Eight organizations for battered women were studied in Buenos Aires. The methodology included in-person qualitative, structured interviews in Spanish with 22 participants, representing the eight organizations. Each organization completed a questionnaire based on the population served. The structured interviews covered services and interventions, methods for distributing information, obstacles battered women face and difficulties the groups confront. The organizations offer various services for battered women including mutual help groups, individual treatment, workshops, legal advice, medical attention and education about domestic violence and rights. They also do talks in schools, campaigns, publications, spread information via the media and collaborate for policy changes. Not all provide the same services; it depends on their resources and their work team. The main difficulty for the organizations is their lack of economic resources. The population assisted by these groups is highly varied. Battered women face various obstacles including: economic problems, isolation, fear, learned helplessness, low self-esteem and lack of knowledge about resources and rights. In order to achieve a societal, political and cultural transformation to eradicate domestic violence, various changes are necessary. Primary interventions that target the general population are necessary. Domestic violence is a social problem, in which case only focusing in the individual level is not enough to prevent it.