Spatial location as a factor of domestic violence consists of the use of space to limit or enable battered women to escape domestic violence. Spatial location determines housing, transportation, and the location and scope of social service agencies. As domestic violence is a manifestation of patriarchy in the structure of society, the needs of battered women are similar to the needs of women in general yet may be more intense. The needs of women, minorities, and the poor are not represented in the use and creation of spatial design in public and private spheres. A study of the opinions of shelter workers of the needs of battered women was undertaken, and no differences were found between urban, rural, and other shelters of the needs of battered women. Instead, issues common to women such as child care, housing, and transportation are also needs important to battered women.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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