Couples' perceptions of a brief intimate partner violence intervention: A qualitative analysis
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Conjoint treatment for couples experiencing intimate partner violence has been found to be effective; however, there are still many concerns around the safety it provides for the victims. This study looked at the experiences of adult couples who disclosed the existence of physical or severe psychological abuse and then completed one or more sessions of a brief-intimate partner violence intervention. These couples were interviewed about their perceptions and experiences of the intervention using a semi-structured interview format. Constructivist grounded theory methodology was used to collect and analyze the data. A model was constructed that portrays the overall experiences participants had during the intervention sessions. This model contains useful information on the effectiveness of conjoint interventions for couples experiencing intimate partner violence and on their perceptions of safety in their relationships. Results indicated all components of the intervention were influential in the development of awareness.