SUPPORTING AFFLUENT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (SESSION X)
The experiences of affluent survivors are rarely studied or acknowledged in the domestic violence (DV) literature, and service providers often fail to see the vulnerability of this population because they are not accustomed to associating risk or helplessness with privileged populations (Berg, 2014). While upscale violence shares many characteristics with DV among less affluent populations, some barriers, circumstances and cultural influences are unique to affluent women.
This presentation will examine the unique factors impacting women of affluence experiencing domestic violence, such as help-seeking behaviors and the culture of affluence. We will review a research project recently completed examining diverse barriers and enablers for women of affluence experiencing domestic violence. This presentation will discuss implications for programming and engagement with this population base. As well we will support attendees to explore strategies for building capacity within the human services sector for recognizing and supporting affluent survivors.