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NCJ Number: 237153 Find in a Library
Title: Language of Healing: Women's Voices in Healing and Recovering From Domestic Violence
Journal: Social Work in Mental Health  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 2011  Pages:37-55
Author(s): Karen N. Allen, LMSW, ACSW, Ph.D.; Danielle F. Woznia, M.S.W., ACSW, Ph.D.
Date Published: February 2011
Page Count: 19
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the course of recovery or healing from intimate partner violence.
Abstract: Little is known about the course of recovery or healing from intimate partner violence. Shelter-based interventions are limited and frequently end before traumatized women can adequately reconstruct social and personal identity. Based on the belief that healing from relationship violence is a social, spiritual, cultural, and psychological process, the authors designed a group treatment approach that discouraged repetitive disclosure about the history of abuse and that used holistic, integrative, and alternative healing approaches such as prayer, meditation, yoga, creative visualization, and art therapy. Structured interviews and focus groups were used to engage the women in articulating a conceptualization of healing from domestic violence. The Post-traumatic Checklist was used as a pre and posttest measure to assess the group's effectiveness. Positive quantitative and qualitative results were obtained and are presented. Implications for further research are also discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault; Treatment
Index Term(s): Art therapy; Coping; Group therapy; Holistic therapy; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
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