Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 385–394 | Cite as

“God Just Brought Me Through It”: Spiritual Coping Strategies for Resilience Among Intimate Partner Violence Survivors

  • René Drumm
  • Marciana Popescu
  • Laurie Cooper
  • Shannon Trecartin
  • Marge Seifert
  • Tricia Foster
  • Carole Kilcher
Original Paper


This study highlights the spiritual coping processes for surviving and healing used by Christian women in a conservative faith community who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV). Using data from 42 in-depth qualitative interviews of survivors of IPV, the findings reveal a pattern of spiritually-based survival and resilience strategies women used while coping with and eventually escaping their traumatic lives. The analysis notes the central role of spirituality as a means women used to move from coping for survival to resilient self-efficacy and healing. These findings assist clinical social workers with identifying and accessing spiritual strengths as a springboard to wellbeing.


Intimate partner violence Spirituality Coping Resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Drumm
    • 1
  • Marciana Popescu
    • 2
  • Laurie Cooper
    • 1
  • Shannon Trecartin
    • 1
  • Marge Seifert
    • 1
  • Tricia Foster
    • 1
  • Carole Kilcher
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Adventist UniversityCollegedaleUSA
  2. 2.Fordham University Graduate School of Social ServiceWest HarrisonUSA

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