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Violence Against Women. 2014 Feb;20(2):208-27. doi: 10.1177/1077801214525802. Epub 2014 Mar 2.

Fear of past abusive partner(s) impacts current posttraumatic stress among women experiencing partner violence.

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  • 1Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA.


This study examines the impact of fear of past abusive partner(s) on posttraumatic stress among 212 community-recruited women currently exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). The path analysis model tested explained 60% of the variation in IPV-related posttraumatic stress. Findings revealed that fear of past abusive partner(s) was uniquely associated with the severity of current posttraumatic stress symptoms over and above the impact of current IPV or childhood abuse and neglect. Future research should continue examining women's subjective emotional experience of past and current victimization so as to further inform both clinical practice and intervention planning.


cumulative abuse; fear; intimate partner violence; posttraumatic stress

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