08 July 2019

Patterns and usefulness of safety behaviors among community-based women survivors of intimate partner violence

This research identified patterns of engagement in safety behaviours by U.S. women from outside of formal service settings; examined which factors were associated with different patterns of use; and examined the perceived usefulness of safety strategies among clients. The research found three 'clusters' of safety behaviours used by intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors; exploring safety options; avoiding the justice system; and trying everything. Women who used 'trying everything' reported the highest levels of physical, sexual, and psychological IPV. The findings demonstrated the importance of working with survivors to tailor safety plans with strategies that reflect their situation.