​Intimate partner violence victims seeking a temporary restraining order: social support and resilience attenuating psychological distress

Author(s) Jose, Rupa and Raymond W. Novaco
Title Intimate partner violence victims seeking a temporary restraining order: social support and resilience attenuating psychological distress
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence; online before print May 2015; p 1-25
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Summary This study examines the relationships between intimate partner violence (IPV) and social support, resilience and psychological distress. Participants on the study were recruited from a police department affiliated non-profit Family Justice Center in California. The measures used in the interviews included criterion variables: trauma, mood symptoms, stress, and anger. Background variables included age, ethnicity, employment, marital status, abuse, social support and resilience. It was found that resilience was the main mitigating factor for perceived stress, mood symptoms and anger reactions. The findings on social support were considered uneven by the researchers. It was found, for example, that the count of supportive persons available was unrelated to the psychological measures and perceived social support was significantly related to psychological distress. Higher perceived social support was associated with lower symptoms of trauma, mood and perceived stress.
Keywords IPV; intimate partner violence; domestic violence; Family Justice Center; social support; resilience; restraining order
Topic Domestic violence