Resilient response to battering

Ronald Jay Werner-Wilson, Toni Schindler Zimmerman, Dorothy Whalen

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Spouse abuse remains an important social problem. Recent research has begun to explore resiliency in a variety of areas: Why, despite harsh life circumstances, do some people survive and later thrive after experiencing trauma? What are the processes associated with a successful departure from abuse? The authors worked with a local shelter to identify three groups of women: (a) those currently at the shelter; (b) those who had been away from an abusive relationship for at least one year; and (c) those who were identified by shelter staff as having demonstrated a resilient response to battering, and compared experiences and recommendations between groups and discuss clinical and service implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-188
Number of pages28
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2000

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  • Battering
  • Family violence
  • Resiliency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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