​Overcoming abuse: a phenomenological investigation of the journey to recovery from past intimate partner violence

Author(s) Flasch, Paulina, Christine E. Murray, and Allison Crowe
Title Overcoming abuse: a phenomenological investigation of the journey to recovery from past intimate partner violence
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence; online before print August 2015; p 1-29
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Summary This study explored the lived experiences and common practices that long-term survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) experience. Participants in the study were 123 survivors of past abusive relationships who had been out of the relationship for at least two years and completed an online narrative survey about their experiences with overcoming past abuse. The results showed that survivors experienced a combination of interpersonal and intrapersonal processes in their journey of recovery. A common theme in participant's responses involved regaining and recreating one's identity following the abuse time. Two common interpersonal themes emerging in the results were building positive supports and using one's experience of abuse to help others who were struggling. Contrary to some of the models presented in the literature where survivors move from one stage to another in a linear process the current study indicated that recovering from abuse can be a process that intertwines and cycles through various junctures over time.
Keywords IPV; intimate partner violence; recovery; abuse; healing; resilience
Topic Domestic violence