202667 Domestic Violence Interventions: Survivors' Desire for Mental Health Services

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 11:10 AM

Melissa E. Dichter, PhD , Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Domestic violence often has severe mental health impacts that may manifest in depression and/or trauma symptomatology, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Survivors of domestic violence may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the experience, attempt suicide, or use violence themselves as defense or protection, or as a result of uncontrolled stress and anger. These effects have implications for survivors' health and well-being, and may lead to consequences in criminal, civil, and family courts, from being convicted of a criminal offense to losing child custody. This presentation focuses on female domestic violence survivors' interest in, and need for, mental health services, including counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, stress management, and anger management programs, as related to their experiences with violence. Findings are based on a study with women (n=173) who have had police intervention for domestic violence with a male partner. Data are from quantitative self-report questionnaires and supplemented with qualitative data from in-depth interviews with the same population of women. Funding was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Learning Objectives:
In this presentation, attendees will learn about associations between particularly mental and behavioral health symptoms and experience of domestic violence victimization, as well as about female domestic violence survivorsí interest in and need for mental health services. Following the presentation, attendees will be able to identify the types of mental or behavioral health services that female domestic violence survivors are interested in using to meet their current needs. Learning objective 1: Discuss the relationships between domestic violence victimization and at least three mental or behavioral health symptoms. Learning objective 2: List at least three types of mental or behavioral health services or programs that are of interested to female survivors of intimate partner violence.

Keywords: Women, Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Masters of Social Work - University of Pennsylvania, 2002 Doctor of Philosophy (coursework completed, ABD) - University of Pennsylvania, 2009 Extensive experience with quantitative and qualitative research, both primary data collection and secondary data analysis. Principal investigator on this project -- developed study, acquired funding (Centers for Disease Control), collected primary data, analyzed data. Published research articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as a book and book chapter. Presented at numerous academic conferences, in a variety of disciplines, in both oral and poster formats.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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