Domestic Violence: Women’s Perspectives on Recovery

purple ribbon against domestic violence and bullyingBy Tam Humbert, D.Ed., OTR/L, Associate Professor

Domestic violence has always been a social concern. Even though it might show up and be highlighted in the media from time to time, as it did this past fall, it is not seasonal nor an issue for only some. Domestic violence (or Intimate Partner Violence) transcends race, gender, economic status, religious orientation and sexual identification.

One in four women identify as victims of IPV, whether that be from physical, psychological or sexual abuse.  The survivors and those that work toward recovery and a life of incorporation do so through many different venues and perspectives.

A recently published article about women’s perceptions on the early recovery process highlights the intricate therapeutic approach needed for such recovery. This article was written by Dr. Tamera Keiter Humbert and alumni Katharine (Huylebroeck) Engleman (MS, ’11) and Courtney (Lang) Miller (MS, ’11).

The full citation is:

Humbert, T. K., Engleman, K., & Miller, C. E. (2014). Exploring women’s expectations of recovery from intimate partner violence: A phenomenological study.  Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 30(4), 358-380. Doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2014.970062.

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About Debbie Waltermire

As an Assistant Professor in the O.T. Department, I have taught courses in Group Process, OT Administration/Management & Supervision, and Psychosocial Interventions. My clinical background is in adult psychiatry, esp. schizophrenia. My research includes sensory processing in schizophrenia and sensory factors in vocational environments, and the impact of congenital heart defects on occupational performance in children and adolescents/young adults. Family centered care, health care policy, and public health are also within the realm of my professional work.

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