Exploring Women's Expectations of Recovery From Intimate Partner Violence: A Phenomenological Study

Tamera Keiter Humbert, Elizabethtown College
Katharine Engleman, Duke Regional Hospital
Courtney E. Miller, UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic


Occupational therapy literature related to intimate partner violence primarily focuses on clients' pragmatic concerns. The purpose of this study was to explore women's recovery needs for the first six months after leaving the abusive relationship. Specifically, the focus explored how women experiencing intimate partner violence anticipate their recovery process to progress and explored their perceptions regarding the obstructions and challenges that influence that process. As part of an ongoing, multiyear study, in-depth interviews based on Kawa Model river drawings were conducted at a domestic violence center with eight women. Multiple themes were identified highlighting pragmatic and personal objectives.