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NCJ Number: 228796 Find in a Library
Title: When Crises Collide: How Intimate Partner Violence and Poverty Intersect to Shape Women's Mental Health and Coping?
Journal: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:October 2009  Pages:306-329
Author(s): Lisa A. Goodman; Katya Fels Smyth; Angela M. Borges; Rachel Singer
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 24
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes mental health consequences for women who contend with both intimate partner violence and poverty.
Abstract: A number of prospective studies demonstrate that past exposure to violence predisposes women to unemployment and poverty and that poverty further increases women's risk for subsequent victimization. Research proposes that the stress, powerlessness, and social isolation at the heart of both intimate partner violence (IPV) and poverty combine to produce posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other emotional difficulties. Although this article synthesizes disparate domains of scholarship to describe the impact of domestic violence and poverty, respectively, few studies have investigated directly the experience of women caught in the nexus of the two. With uncharted terrain, change is likely to be difficult with challenges and obstacles. It is critical that mental health providers and researchers need to work to better understand the dangerous intersection of IPV and persistent poverty, create more humane and effective responses, and develop support structures and policies to enable frontline providers to support IPV survivors. Table, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered wives; Domestic assault; Economic influences; Environmental influences; Indigents; Social conditions; Survivors services
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