Title

"God Just Brought Me Through It": Spiritual Coping Strategies for Resilience Among Intimate Partner Violence Survivors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2014

Abstract

This study highlights the spiritual coping processes for surviving and healing used by Christian women in a conservative faith community who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Using data from 42 in-depth qualitative interviews of survivors of IPV, the findings reveal a pattern of spiritually-based survival and resilience strategies women used while coping with and eventually escaping their traumatic lives. The analysis notes the central role of spirituality as a means women used to move from coping for survival to resilient self-efficacy and healing. These findings assist clinical social workers with identifying and accessing spiritual strengths as a springboard to wellbeing.

Journal Title

Clinical Social Work Journal

Volume

42

Issue

4

First Page

385

Last Page

394

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