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A Qualitative Study of Survival Strategies Used by Low-Income Black Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence

TitleA Qualitative Study of Survival Strategies Used by Low-Income Black Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSt Vil, NM, Sabri, B, Nwokolo, V, Alexander, KA, Campbell, JC
JournalSoc Work
Volume62
Pagination63-71
Date PublishedJan 01
ISBN Number0037-8046 (Print)0037-8046
Accession Number28395046
KeywordsBlack women, Intimate partner violence, low income, survival strategies
Abstract

Women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are often portrayed as helpless victims. Yet many women who experience IPV implement strategies to help them survive the abuse. This qualitative study sought to explore the survivor strategies used by low-income black women who experience IPV. Authors used a semistructured interview guide to survey 26 survivors who reported being in an IPV relationship in the past two years. Thematic analysis revealed three types of survivor strategies used by low-income black women: (1) internal (use of religion and becoming self-reliant), (2) interpersonal (leave the abuser or fight back), and (3) external (reliance on informal, formal, or both kinds of sources of support). This article informs social work practitioners of the strategies used by low-income black women in surviving IPV so that practitioners can develop interventions that support these strategies.

PMCID

PMC5391770