Patterns of resource utilization and mental health symptoms among women exposed to mulitple types of victimization: a latent class analysis
 

Author(s)Young-Wolff, Kelly C., Julianne Hellmuth, Veronique Jaquier, Suzanne C. Swan, Christian Connell and Tami P. Sullivan
Title Patterns of resource utilization and mental health symptoms among women exposed to multiple types of victimization: a latent class analysis
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence,May 2013, Vol. 28, No. 15, pp 3059-3083
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examines the resource utilisation of women who have experienced and used intimate partner violence (IPV). Participants in the study were 412 women who completed a two hour protocol with a trained female interviewer. A number of measures were included to measure resource utilisation, IPV victimisation and use of IPV, childhood victimisation, post IPV victimisation, PTSD, depression and use of alcohol and drugs, The women were divided into three groups, low cumulative IPV, Low current/high past IPV and high cumulative IPV. The results indicated women differed significantly in their resource utilisation depending on their experience of IPV victimisation. It was found that in all groups women were more likely to use informal resources and less likely to use traditional IPV services such as hotlines or shelters. Women in the high cumulative IPV group were more likely to use multiple types of resources to cope with IPV, including social support, criminal justice resources, health care services, and counselling support groups. The authors also found that the study demonstrated that using IPV should be viewed as one of the strategies that women employ to manage or escape from violent relationships.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; childhood abuse; trauma; resource utilisation; help-seeking
Topic Victimisation; domestic violence