Okay my new project is started, its quite exciting actually. I think the enormity of it all is the source of my procrastination the past few days.
You see I must write my Masters Thesis next year, and came up with a good idea of incorporating that work with a larger project. I wrote up a project description and submitted it at Oslo Women’s Shelter where I work in a 50% position.
The management was positive to my suggestion, and they are applying for funds so that I can work on this project, and would like me to do this for the next 2 years!! Big deal for me, having never done a research project before! At least not getting paid to do a long term study!
Our center has been active in research for many years and we have a lot of data on who comes to the center, why they come, who batters, how they find out about getting help, where they go after they leave and that sort of thing…very important statistics. Last year for example over 500 women and children stayed at our shelter (and having worked there for the last year I shockingly enough have met just about all of them!!)
My project will be on what happens after their stay. There is very little research done on how women cope after abuse, except for all the horrible aftermath of abuse….mostly medical and psychological research. I want to focus on the women’s forms for coping, I want to focus on how they get through it, how they grow and change. I want to know what this change process that starts with us leads to in the end. How many of them go back when they are out on their own, and how many of them make a better life for themselves.
I will interview the women while they are at the shelter, and then with their permission do a follow up interview in 6 months and a year. I want to hear their stories and document their successes as well as their need for further help. This will be so exciting, but then again it is a bit overwhelming when I think of the scale of things!!
So that’s it, my life’s work…for the time being anyway 😉