The study aimed to understand how women who experienced sexual trauma but are now in a healthy relationship perceive their partners’ responses to their disclosure of sexual trauma. Forty-one women completed an in-depth semi-structured phone interview. Responses were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis, identifying two overarching themes and six subthemes. The results provide a voice to the needs and preferences of women who experienced sexual trauma, but are navigating communication in a healthy relationship. Given that most women disclosed their experiences with partners, this sample provides valuable insight for clinicians, interventionists, and partners of survivors to navigate supportive interactions.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Violence Against Women|
|State||Published - Aug 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We express deep gratitude to the women who shared their lived experiences with us through this study. The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
© The Author(s) 2021.
- intimate partner
- sexual trauma
- social reactions
- social support
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science