Help-seeking and coping strategies for intimate partner violence in rural and urban women

Lisa Shannon, T. K. Logan, Jennifer Cole, Karen Medley

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Abstract

Women experiencing intimate partner violence may use a variety of help-seeking resources and coping strategies. The purpose of this study was to examine rural (n = 378) and urban (n = 379) women's help seeking, coping, and perceptions of the helpfulness of resources used in dealing with partner violence, Overall, results suggest that women from both areas utilized a variety of help-seeking resources and coping strategies in significantly different ways. Urban women used more help-seeking resources than rural women. Urban and rural women used different types of resources. Rural women perceived the justice system services as less helpful than urban women. Coping strategies and help seeking are related, with problem-focused coping associated with the use of more formalized help-seeking resources. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Partner violence
  • Perceptions of help
  • Resource use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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