Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Women’s Mental Health

Gunnur Karakurt, Douglas Smith, Jason Whiting

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This study aimed to explore the mental health needs of women residing in domestic violence shelters; more specifically, we aimed to identify commonalities and differences among their mental health needs. For this purpose, qualitative and quantitative data was collected from 35 women from a Midwestern domestic violence shelter. Hierarchical clustering was applied to quantitative data, and the analysis indicated a three-cluster solution. Data from the qualitative analysis also supported the differentiation of women into three distinct groups, which were interpreted as: (A) ready to change, (B) focused on negative symptoms, and (C) focused on feelings of guilt and self-blame.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-702
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2014


  • Mental health
  • cluster analysis
  • intimate partner violence
  • women


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