The Influence of Funding on the Battered Women's Shelter Movement
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Exploring the effects of funding agencies on battered women's shelters requires, first, an understanding of the historical aspects of the shelter movement. Then through a case study of a local shelter, I will show how the stipulations of funding agencies have altered the original goals of the battered women's movement. I have chosen a shelter associated with the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). While the YWCA did not begin within the women's movement, or as a battered women's shelter, the YWCA has become a principle shelter provider in the United States. This fact alone, speaks to the difficulty the original shelters faced in surviving while maintaining their ideology.