Becoming Strong: Impoverished Women and the Struggle to Overcome Violence
Drawing on more than 150 in-depth interviews, Becoming Strong: Impoverished Women and the Struggle to Overcome Violence explores the diverse effects of trauma in the lives of homeless female victims of violence.
Laura Huey and Ryan Broll closely examine the negative patterns common to cases of homeless female victims of violence and develop informed solutions for responding to issues that perpetuate cycles of female homelessness. Becoming Strong offers not only a comprehensive examination of trauma and the role it can play in shaping homeless women’s lives, but it also explores how women may recover and develop strategies for coping with traumatic experiences.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 160 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 8.9in
"The authors analyzed interviews conducted with nearly two hundred homeless women in U.S. cities, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit. Most of the women who suffered a wide range of traumas exhibited signs of resiliency. Where women remain in negative patterns, they may be solutions, rather than perpetuating female homelessness."
Feminist Caucus, July 2018
"As the book title suggests, the message of the book is that marginalized and victimized women can become strong, often already are (but not realized to be) strong, and there are ways that society and other individuals can assist women on the journey to becoming strong."
Richard Tewksbury, Arizona State University
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, online
“Becoming Strong covers an important subject in the sociology and social psychology of women’s homelessness, namely, the experience of violence and how homeless women cope with (become resilient to) the violence they experience.”
James D. Wright, Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida
"Laura Huey and Ryan Broll are to be commended for their obvious and deep commitment to understanding and ultimately enhancing the lives of homeless women who have experienced trauma, and for their recognition that women who have experienced homelessness are capable of overcoming trauma and achieving personal growth and fulfilment. Giving voice to the experiences and strengths of marginalized and vulnerable populations in our societies is important and reflects the recognition that such individuals are valuable citizens with fundamental rights."
Suzanne L. Wenzel, Richard and Ann Thor Professor in Urban Social Development, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California
Author InformationLaura Huey is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.
Ryan Broll is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph.
Table of contents
1. The Women
3. The After-Effects of Violence
4. The Process
5. Resilience Determinants
6. Coping Strategies
7. Building on Strengths
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