Short-Term Interventions for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence


intervention/treatment, domestic violence, treatment, PTSD


Intimate partner violence (IPV) impacts millions of adults and children every year and can result in homicide, legal proceedings, the involvement of child welfare, and the need for emergency shelter for survivors and their families. Survivors of IPV may develop psychological and somatic symptoms to the trauma, including anxiety, depression, and other mental health related disorders in addition to facing numerous safety, financial, and social challenges. To reestablish stability, effective short-term interventions are needed in order to address these issues survivors face. This systematic review and meta-analysis summarizes the extant literature on short-term interventions for survivors of IPV. Twenty-one studies are included in the analysis and overall effect sizes calculations and moderator analysis were conducted. On average, effects sizes were large (g = 1.02) suggesting that most sort-term interventions are effective, however CBT-based interventions that were tailored to IPV survivors achieved the largest effect sizes. Results of this study are presented in a question and answer format with the intent to guide practitioners, researchers and policy makers. IPV survivors access services in a variety of shelter and outpatient settings and present diverse needs. Although this study contributes a systematic review of the existing literature on IPV, there are relatively few rigorous outcome studies and even fewer that reflect the diversity in this population and the complexity of responding to IPV in real-world settings.

Original Publication Citation

Arroyo, K., Lundahl, B., Vanderloo, M., & Wood, D. (2015). Short-term interventions targeting intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 1-17.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Trauma, Violence, & Abuse




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor