Targets of partner violence: the importance of understanding coping trajectories

 

 

Author(s) Arriaga, Ximena B. and Nicole M. Capezza
Title Targets of partner violence: the importance of understanding coping trajectories
Source Journal of Interpersonal Violence, January 2005, Vol 20, No 1, pp 88-99
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
URL http://www.bvsde.paho.org/bvsacd/cd64/89.pdf
Summary In this paper the authors discuss the advances in research on partner violence and suggest that a new priority over the next decade is to identify precise models of target responses that suggest appropriate interventions. The assumption that the most effective intervention is to provide assistance for a victim to leave a relationship is examined. A number of reasons are set out why a victim may not be ready to leave a violent relationship, such as adopting illusions that they can control the violent partner or denying that their partner's behaviour constitutes violence. It is suggested that whether interventions work in assisting victims of partner violence depends on where the victim is in the coping process. Theoretical models are needed to describe different phases of coping and predict when a victim seeks self-sufficiency. Suggested interventions when a victim is not ready to leave a relationship should focus directly on eliminating beliefs that reinterpret the partner's behaviour, reducing psychological symptoms and increasing self-esteem.
Keywords Partner violence; abuse; coping; interventions
Topic

Domestic violence