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"Sometimes cathartic. Sometimes quite raw": Benefit and harm in an intimate partner violence trial

Valpied,J, Cini,A, O'Doherty,L, Taket,A and Hegarty,K 2014, "Sometimes cathartic. Sometimes quite raw": Benefit and harm in an intimate partner violence trial, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 673-685, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2014.09.005.

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Title "Sometimes cathartic. Sometimes quite raw": Benefit and harm in an intimate partner violence trial
Author(s) Valpied,J
Cini,A
O'Doherty,L
Taket,AORCID iD for Taket,A orcid.org/0000-0002-0971-5884
Hegarty,K
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 19
Issue number 6
Start page 673
End page 685
Total pages 13
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication Oxford , England
Publication date 2014-11-01
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Criminology & Penology
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Psychology
Intimate partner violence
Intimate partner abuse
Domestic violence
Research participation
Harm
Benefit
TRAUMA-FOCUSED RESEARCH
WOMENS REACTIONS
EXPERIENCES
SURVIVORS
ABUSE
Summary  Research on intimate partner violence (IPV) has increased over the past two decades, however empirical research on potential harm to participants is limited. The aim of this study was to assess whether 272 women involved in a general practice based IPV intervention trial (weave) reported more benefit or harm, whether this differed by intervention or comparison group, and what types of benefit and harm were reported. Feedback was obtained via adapted Consequences of Screening Tool, visual analogue scale and open-ended question in baseline, 6-month, 12-month and 24-month surveys (all participants), and semi-structured interviews (subset of 28 participants). Participants in both the intervention and comparison groups tended to respond positively on all quantitative items, although on a number of items, the intervention group responded even more positively. At 6 and 12 months, 51.1% and 54.7% of all participants, respectively, reported their quality of life as becoming better and over 40% of women at each time-point, indicated they felt more positive about themselves as a result of some aspect of their involvement in weave. 42% of all participants reported their home lives becoming less difficult. In qualitative analyses, positive themes identified were altruism, value, evaluation of relationship, validation, self-awareness, empowerment, positive reinforcement, catharsis, motivation to seek help, and response to the research process. Negative themes identified were short-term emotional reactions, long-term emotional reactions, recall, retraumatization and minimization. Many participants indicated short-term negative emotions had been balanced by longer-term positive benefits. Further research is needed regarding characteristics and experiences of the small minority of participants who did not report positive benefit. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2014.09.005
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 1007687
Copyright notice ©2014, Elsevier
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069266

Document type: Journal Article
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