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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 29, Issue 7, pp 703–712 | Cite as

Acts of Intimate Partner Violence and Feelings of Danger in Battered Women Seeking Help in a Spanish Specialized Care Unit

  • Montse Davins-Pujols
  • Manel Salamero
  • Berta Aznar-Martínez
  • Inés Aramburu-Alegret
  • Carles Pérez-Testor
Research on the Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Women

Abstract

Acts of violence recounted by 161 female victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) attended at a psychological care service in Spain are presented. The relationship between acts of violence and feelings of danger, childhood abuse, and dyadic adjustment are analyzed. Reported acts of IPV were obtained through a Semi-structured Interview on Domestic Violence; and marital satisfaction was assessed with the Dyadic Adjustment Scale. The results showed women who have felt their lives were in danger are more likely to have been victimized. In addition, women who were both abused by their partner and sexually abuse as children are the ones that perceive more situations of danger in their adult couple relationship. The importance of studying perceived danger and the diversity of IPV experiences are discussed to aid prevention and intervention strategies.

Keywords

Intimate partner violence Violent acts Feelings of danger Battered women 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Montse Davins-Pujols
    • 1
  • Manel Salamero
    • 1
  • Berta Aznar-Martínez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Inés Aramburu-Alegret
    • 1
  • Carles Pérez-Testor
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Vidal i Barraquer Institute for Mental HealthRamon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, Education and Sports, BlanquernaRamon Llull UniversityBarcelonaSpain

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