What forms of abuse correlate with PTSD symptoms in partners of men being treated for intimate partner violence?

Author(s) Norwood, Amber and Christopher Murphy
Title What forms of abuse correlate with PTSD symptoms in partners of men being treated for intimate partner violence?
Source Psychological Trauma, Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,2012, Vol 4, No. 6, pp 596-604
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study explores the relationship between different forms of intimate partner violence (IPV), physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual coercion and sexual violence, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Data for the study was obtained from women attending a community-based domestic violence centre in Maryland. An important focus of the study was sexual coercion and violence as independent predictors of PTSD. The results of the study indicated that IPV victims exposed to sexual coercion and violence had higher rates of probable PTSD symptoms and diagnosis than IPV victims who were not exposed to sexual coercion or violence. The overall finding was that psychological abuse had the most consistent associations with PTSD, and it is noted that sexual coercion resembles psychological abuse. The findings indicate that emotional and psychological forms of abuse are strong predictors of PTSD symptoms among women who have experienced partner violence. The authors suggest that assessment and treatment of sexual abuse among female victims of IPV should remain as important clinical considerations.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; PTSD; sexual abuse; psychological abuse
Topic Domestic violence