Recovery: Resilience and Growth in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence

Kim M. Anderson, Lynette M. Renner, Fran S. Danis

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This mixed-methods study explored the recovery process and outcomes for 37 women formerly in an abusive intimate partner relationship. Standardized measures of current psychosocial functioning indicated participants were largely asymptomatic for posttraumatic stress disorder and had relatively strong resilience. Qualitative analysis revealed how social and spiritual support was instrumental to participants' recovery, growth, and resilience. Implications for helping professionals include gaining a more comprehensive understanding of recovery from domestic violence. This type of knowledge may contribute to interventions that build on women's strengths and resourcefulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1279-1299
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2012

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was partially funded through a Women’s and Gender Studies Grant at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


  • domestic violence
  • intimate partner violence
  • recovery
  • resilience
  • strength


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