Against the odds : strengths displayed by abused women
Please cite as follows: Slabbert, I. 2014. Against the odds :strengths displayed by abused women. Social Work, 50(2):256-268, doi:10.15270/50-2-398.
The original publication is available at http://socialwork.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/398
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.