Themes of coping in the spectrum of domestic violence abuse: a review of the literature

Author(s) Haeseler, Lisa Ann
Title Themes of coping in the spectrum of domestic violence abuse: a review of the literature
Source Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 2013, Vol 10, Issue. 1, pp 25-32
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
SummaryIn this literature review the author identifies a number of themes of women's coping in the spectrum of domestic violence abuse, including when a woman is in, out of, or returning to an abusive relationship. Abused women cope with a range of health related factors including psychological and medical conditions. Women may use drug and alcohol as a coping mechanism, particularly for depression symptoms. Another theme identified is the economic impact on the women, an impact that may be felt in the spectrum stage of either leaving or staying. The third major theme is regarding child-rearing issues, including children's safety and supporting the children's development. A brief overview is also given of researchers' recommendations for improved service delivery, including improving inter-agency communication and networking. A better understanding of the complexity of women's themes of coping is needed in order to provide appropriate support to victims of domestic abuse.
Keywords Domestic abuse; coping strategies; children; community services
Topic Domestic violence