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The nature of risk and its relationship in coping among survivors of intimate partner violence

Author(s) Zanville, Holly A. and Lauren Bennett Cattaneo
Title The nature of risk and its relationship to coping among survivors of intimate partner violence
Source Psychology of Violence, 2012, Vol 2, No. 4, pp 355-367
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
SummaryThis study empirically tests a risk-based coping model developed by Hamby and Gray-Little that includes suggestions how battered women's choices in coping strategies are based upon an assessment of risk and available resources. Participants in this study were recruited from the Domestic Violence Intake Center in Washington. A series of tests were used to measure various risk variables such as the severity of physical and sexual abuse, psychological abuse, stalking, children and the degree to which participants relied on the batterer to provide for them. Coping strategies were measured with the Intimate Partner Violence Strategies Index. An interesting finding from the study was that as the severity of violence increases and the greater risk develops, more overall coping can be predicted. It is also suggested by the authors that the study shows that having children in common with the batterer and experiencing sexual assault are two important factors to consider when practitioners develop a survivor-centred framework.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; risk-based coping; help seeking.
Topic Domestic violence