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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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SLABBERT, Ilze. Against the odds: Strengths displayed by abused women. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.2, pp.256-268. ISSN 2312-7198.

Although legislation protecting women's rights in South Africa is well developed, statistics indicate that violence against women has become the norm. There are no cultural, socio-economic, political, religious or educational boundaries to domestic violence. Despite this, some abused women display certain strengths. The strengths perspective is thus a suitable theoretical approach for this qualitative study exploring and describing the strengths of twenty abused women who formed the sample. Five strengths -namely hope, resilience, pride, healing and wholeness, and lastly personal qualities, traits and virtues - were identified. Some recommendations are made about the suitability of the strengths perspective for practice.

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