Surviving Domestic Violence: An Exploratory Analysis of Survivor Needs

2015-02-22T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Tracy G. Crump
Domestic violence is a persistent problem that impacts individuals and communities. Unaddressed violence can have serious psychological effects and, if prolonged, can lead to the death of the victim. Out of concern for victims and their families, research has centered on individuals who wish to leave abusive relationships. Initiatives have been implemented to provide resources that criminalize abusive behavior and assist victims in leaving abusive relationships. Overall, these resources were designed for victims of domestic violence who are in immediate crisis, those who experience severe abuse, and those who want to leave their relationships. However, less attention has been given to the needs of those who experience less lethal abuse and who choose to remain in relationships with their abusers. With this study, I sought to fill this gap. I examined the experiences of 20 female victims of domestic violence who have remained in romantic relationships with their abusers. Specifically, I explored survivors’ perceptions of safety when remaining in their relationships and identified six needs that, when met, would assist participants with ending the abuse.