Cumulative Violence Exposures: Black Women's Responses and Sources of Strength

Soc Work Public Health. 2016;31(3):127-39. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1087917. Epub 2016 Mar 8.


Black women with cumulative violence exposures (CVE) may have unique needs for health care and safety. Qualitative data was analyzed from interviews with nine Black women with CVE to explore factors that motivated women to leave abusive relationships, women's sources of strengths, and their responses to abuse. Quantitative data (N = 163) was analyzed to examine relationships between CVEs by intimate partner and health among Black women to further characterize the challenges these women face in making changes and finding their sources of strengths. Findings highlight the need to assess for CVE and identify multiple motivators for change, sources of strengths and coping strategies that could be potential points of intervention for women with CVE.

Keywords: Black women; Cumulative victimization; intimate partner abuse; sources of strength.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Black or African American / psychology*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology*
  • Exposure to Violence / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • United States
  • Young Adult