Identifying and Measuring Transportation Challenges for Survivors in Intimate Partner Violence Shelters

Sarah Robinson, University of Texas at Arlington, Social Work


Survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) are more likely to experience transportation challenges. Inadequate transportation can lead to challenges accessing health care, increased usage of police services, and frequent IPV shelter stays. While research has identified lack of personal transportation as a barrier for survivors, little is known about their mobility. To understand survivors’ perceptions of and experiences with transportation, 20 IPV shelter residents will be asked to participate in one-on-one qualitative interviews which will follow a semi-structured interview guide. Ten participants will be recruited from two suburban shelters and ten from two rural shelters. Interviews will be transcribed and analyzed using descriptive phenomenological analysis to highlight key themes. In addition, a spatial analysis of the surrounding area of the shelter will be conducted using GIS software to determine mobility options such as public transportation access points to employment access. The spatial analysis will be used to triangulate participants’ experiences of transportation and identify potential barriers to better understand how transportation barriers could augment independent living of shelter residents. Results of this study will inform shelter policies surrounding transportation services provided as well as inform practitioners and government officials of potentials ways of improving public transportation access for shelter residents.  

Project Details

Project Type:
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
May 10,2021
UTC Grant Cycle:
NITC 16 Dissertation Fellowships 2020
UTC Funding: