Background: Studies on the subjective experiences of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) among Indian women are far and few and there are hardly any studies focussing on the resilience of these women.
Objectives: The purpose of this investigation was to understand the experiences of violence among female survivors of Intimate Partner Violence who had moved out of an abusive intimate relationship with a specific focus on the resilience factors in these women. The resilience factors that enabled women to leave the abusive intimate relationship were explored.
Materials and Methods: This study defines resilience as the ability to endure and recover from crises and traumatic life experience. Purposive sampling technique was employed for this qualitative study. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 survivors of IPV who were housed at the Government Reception Centre for Women, Bangalore Urban. Interviews were audio-taped wherever consent for the same was given by the participants. The transcribed data was coded and the main themes were summarized.
Findings: Four major themes emerged from a qualitative content analysis of the data - A need to assert their self-worth, having a hopeful outlook, capacity for independence and being able to take initiative and action were the resilience factors that facilitated the process of leaving the abusive relationship for these women.
Conclusion: Survivors of violence in general are a group that need to be approached with great sensitivity. But in addition to it one another major attitudinal necessity is that of positivism of strength. Practitioners need to be recognized and affirm women’s strengths and sense of agency in surviving abusive relationship.
Key Words: Coping, Partner Violence, Resilience factors