Encouraging legal help seeking for victims of intimate partner violence: the therapeutic effects of the civil protection order

 

Author(s)Wright, Caroline Vaile and Dawn M Johnson
Title Encouraging legal help seeking for victims of intimate partner violence: the therapeutic effects of the civil protection order
Source Journal of Traumatic Stress,December 2012, Vol. 25, pp675-681
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examines the effectiveness of civil protection orders (CPO) in improving psychological functioning in victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and rates of revictimisation. 147 women who had reported experiencing IPV in their most recent relationship were recruited from shelters to participate in the study. Follow up assessments for this study were conducted after 6 months with 111 of these participants. The study found that civil legal interventions can bring positive therapeutic outcomes similar to traditional mental health interventions, with most participants reporting significant reductions in PTSD symptomology. Recommendations are made for improved service delivery such as a coordinated service system with both legal and psychological assistance. The authors suggest future studies could examine the importance of enforcing the conditions of the CPO and explore other potential mechanisms of change, such as the role of personal empowerment.
Keywords Civil protection orders; PTSD; intimate partner violence; IPV; domestic violence; revictimisation.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment