Exploring Women's Perspectives of Overcoming Intimate Partner Violence: A Phenomenological Study

Tamera Keiter Humbert, Elizabethtown College
Jaclynn L. Bess, Lincoln County Schools
Abby M. Mowery, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Research in occupational therapy with women overcoming Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) focuses primarily on role acquisition; however, a broader lens in which to understand recovery may support more client-centered practice. The purpose of this study was to explore and understand the perspectives of women overcoming Intimate Partner Violence. Six women, residents at a domestic violence shelter, volunteered to participate in this phenomenological study. Relationships, Starting Over, Spirituality, and Expansion of Self emerged as major themes with an overarching theme of Forward Movement as the women continued on their journey in recovery. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.