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Victim Help Seeking: Differences Between Intimate Terrorism and Situational Couple Violence

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Research indicates that two major forms of partner violence exist, intimate terrorism (IT) and situational couple violence (SCV). The current study (N= 389) used a subgroup of women who responded to the Chicago Women’s Health Risk Study to examine whether type of violence experienced is differentially related to formal (e.g., police, medical agencies, counseling) and informal (e.g., family, friends/neighbors) help seeking. IT victims were more likely to seek each type of formal help but were equally or less likely to seek informal help. Findings can inform both family violence research and the development and implementation of social service programs.

Keywords: coercive control; consequences of violence; domestic violence; help seeking; intimate partner violence

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2007

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