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Women's strategies for coping with the impacts of domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan: A grounded theory study

TitleWomen's strategies for coping with the impacts of domestic violence in Kyrgyzstan: A grounded theory study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsChildress, S, Gioia, D, Campbell, JC
JournalSoc Work Health Care
Volume57
Pagination164-189
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0098-1389
Accession Number29227740
Keywords*coping, *Domestic Violence, *Kyrgyzstan
Abstract

This paper provides an account of the adverse impacts of domestic violence on women in Kyrgyzstan and develops a grounded theory of coping among survivors of abuse. The results indicate that women adopt a range of strategies to prevent, avert, and minimize anticipated violence. Two key aspects of coping appeared in the narratives: 1) maintaining the status quo and 2) developing agency to resist the abuse. The results suggest that Government and nongovernmental organizations must take additional action to draw women to formal violence prevention services. Providing professional help at several levels (e.g., clinical, community, and societal) and promoting problem-focused strategies as part of therapeutic intervention are essential.