Risk and resilience in the context of
intimate partner violence

About the Project

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the most serious public health issues with both short- and long-term negative consequences in various domains, including mental and physical health, economic circumstances, dysfunctional social relationships, and revictimization. At the request of a family violence shelter in Rotterdam, we conducted a cluster analysis exploring potential victim subgroups in their female population. The analysis of 284 patient files showed a distinction between a group of resilient victims of severe IPV (72%) and a group of victims of structural and severe IPV with additional complex problems (28%). The latter group more often experienced psychiatric and psychosocial problems, which was related to more persistent violent relationships of an intergenerational nature. We are currently researching the resilience and risk factors that moderate the relationship between experienced violence and mental health problems in this ethnically diverse sample of female IPV victims.






Principal Investigator, co-applicant


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Dr. Frank van der Horst (DPECS, EUR; De Waag)
Dr. Joran Jongerling (DPECS, EUR)
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