Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Community Psychol. 2005 Sep;36(1-2):71-84.

A theoretical framework for understanding help-seeking processes among survivors of intimate partner violence.

Author information

1
Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College, Campion 314, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02461, USA. liangbe@bc.edu

Abstract

This paper suggests a conceptual framework for understanding the processes of help-seeking among survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). A cognitive theory from general literature on help-seeking in "stigmatizing" situations suggests three relevant processes or stages of seeking help in the IPV context: defining the problem, deciding to seek help, and selecting a source of support. Individual, interpersonal, and sociocultural factors that influence decision-making at each of these stages are discussed and illustrated with case examples.

PMID:
16134045
DOI:
10.1007/s10464-005-6233-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wiley
Loading ...
Support Center