Responding to intimate partner violence victimisation: Effective options for help seeking

Author(s)Meyer, Silke
Title Responding to intimate partner violence victimisation: Effective options for help seeking
Source Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no.389 Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2010
Date 2010
Document type Research paper
Coverage Australia
URL http://www.aic.gov.au/documents/6/2/C/%7B62CAE35B-C4C7-4231-8163- 911079CE46FE%7Dtandi389.pdf
Summary This paper examines formal and informal forms of help-seeking among victims of intimate partner violence and considers whether such responses are influenced by abuse severity. The study is based on data drawn from the International Violence Against Women Survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology in 2002-03. The data showed that the majority of victims talked to informal sources without reporting the most recent incident to any formal source of support and a number of women approached both informal and formal sources for support. Further analysis showed that formal help-seekers most commonly reported that they were married to their abusive partners and had children who had witnessed a violent incident. Also, these women reported a lower combined net household income than women who sought informal help only. Another factor reported was that those victims who sought formal support more commonly reported longer relationship duration and greater levels of abuse and suffered injuries. Significant predictors of formal help-seeking included those women who suffered the most severe types of abuse, the presence of children and prior counselling experience.
Keywords Domestic violence; intimate partner violence; support; help seeking.
Topic Domestic violence