Victims of Domestic Abuse Benefit From Specialized Support


Women who have experienced domestic abuse or violence can benefit from special psychological support provided by trained advocates, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. The researchers found that women who received this specialized intervention experienced fewer symptoms of psychological distress, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than those who had typical counseling and therapy.

This study, which was published in PLOS One, compared the effects of an intervention called Psychological Advocacy Towards Healing (PATH) to the support that is typically provide to victims of domestic abuse. The PATH program involves up to eight one-to-one sessions of trauma-informed psychological support provided by a trained advocate, and two follow-up sessions, combined with the usual support. After one year, women who participated in PATH had better mental health overall.

Sourced from: PLOS One