Redefining safety: a narrative review of literature on the underground and open or ‘Dutch’ models of refuge

Allen, Katherine, Adisa, Olumide and Hermolle, Megan (2023) Redefining safety: a narrative review of literature on the underground and open or ‘Dutch’ models of refuge. Journal of Gender Based Violence. ISSN 2398-6808 (In Press)

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This article synthesises literature on the evolution of domestic abuse (DA) refuges, with particular attention to the development of two models: the conventional or ‘underground’ refuge (UR) and the open or ‘Dutch’ refuge. The article will detail what the available evidence says about the benefits and drawbacks of these models and explore their implications for the DA sector in England, with reference to
extending women’s space for action and meeting the needs of underserved victim - survivors.

The article argues that multiple models of provision are needed to meet the intersecting, complex and at times competing needs of different victim-survivors, and that available evidence provides preliminary support for the viability of the open model as part of a wider suite of responses to DA. Further research is needed to extend the evidence base on the open model, and to develop a whole system
approach which can meet the needs of a wider range of victim-survivors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, refuge, VAWG sector in England, Domestic Abuse Act 2021
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Other Departments (Central units) > Research & Enterprise
Depositing User: David Upson-dale
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2023 10:23
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 01:38

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