Predicting forgiveness in women experiencing intimate partner violence

Author(s) Gilbert, Sarah Elizabeth
Title Predicting forgiveness in women experiencing intimate partner violence
Source Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange, May 2011, pp 1-33
Date 2011
Document type Thesis
Coverage USA
URL http://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2012&context=utk_gradthes
Summary This paper examines the relative roles of both constraint commitment and personal dedication in predicting forgiveness in victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). The cognitive mechanisms employed by victims are also examined to understand the relationship between commitment and forgiveness. Participants in the study were 121 women residing in urban and rural domestic violence shelters in Tennessee. Participants completed questionnaires assessing their abuse, their investment in their relationship with their partner, the level of denial of injury and the level of forgiveness of the abuse. It was found that the relationship between commitment and forgiveness of abuse is explained by denial of the severity of injury, regardless of frequency of physical and psychological aggression reported on other measures assessing the presence of violent behaviours. It was suggested that further research could determine if the findings also applied to women who remained in an abusive relationship.
Keywords Partner violence; IPV; forgiveness; constraint commitment; injury
Topic Domestic violence