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ERIC Number: EJ939605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0000
Intervening in Partner Violence against Women: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Informal Network Members' Experiences
Latta, Rachel E.; Goodman, Lisa A.
Counseling Psychologist, v39 n7 p973-1023 Oct 2011
A large body of cross-sectional and longitudinal research demonstrates the important contribution of informal social networks to the well-being and safety of female survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). Most survivors turn to family and friends before, during, and after their involvement with formal services; and many rely solely on informal forms of support. Yet surprisingly little research exists on the subjective experiences of informal network members themselves. This study used grounded theory to represent the dynamic and fluid process through which network members become aware of the violence in their friend or family member's intimate relationship, make meaning of the violence, develop a narrative regarding their own role in the situation, and use that narrative to guide subsequent decision making about whether and how to engage with the survivor and/or abusive partner. The authors discuss implications of this model for developing a range of network-oriented intervention and prevention strategies. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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