The influence of victimization history on PTSD symptom expression in women exposed to intimate partner violence 

Author(s) Matlow, Ryan B. and Anne P. DePrince
Title The influence of victimization history on PTSD symptom expression in women exposed to intimate partner violence
Source Psychological, Trauma, Theory, Research, Practice and Policy,2013, Vol 5, No. 3, pp 241-250
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article explores relationships between revictimisation and chronic victimisation and specific PTSD symptoms. Revictimisation refers to the experience of multiple instances of victimisation at the hands of different perpetrators and chronic victimisation refers to multiple instances of victimisation by the same perpetrator or intimate partner. 236 women participated in the study, as part of a larger study on coordinated community response programs. The results demonstrated that different histories of IPV experiences, chronic compared to new victimisations, are associated with different patterns of IPV related PTSD symptoms. For example, victims of revictimisation reported the PTSD symptoms of passive avoidance and arousal and victims of chronic victimisation did not show significant levels of these symptoms.  It is recommended that practitioners working with victims of intimate partner violence consider specific victimisation histories when developing and implementing assessments and intervention strategies.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; revictimisation; chronic victimisation; multiple victimisation; PTSD.
Topic Domestic violence