Journal of Traumatic Stress

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 783–803 | Cite as

Interpersonal violence: Expanding the search for long-term sequelae within a sample of battered women

  • Terri L. Weaver
  • George A. Clum
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Lifetime sexual and physical victimization histories were examined within a shelter and outpatient sample of battered women (N=43). Rates of prior victimization were very high with 71% of women reporting a childhood experience of physical abuse and 53% of women reporting a childhood experience of sexual abuse. These experiences were then examined as predictors of intra- and interpersonal functioning. Difficulties with identity development, low self-worth, borderline personality characteristics, and (at the trend level) difficulties with intimacy, received some support as long-term outcomes associated with reports ofchronic experiences of childhood physical abuse. These findings provide some empirical support for the theorized relationship between childhood abuse and difficulties in the domains of intra- and interpersonal functioning.

Key words

battered women interpersonal violence victimization identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Terri L. Weaver
    • 1
  • George A. Clum
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg

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