Domestic Violence and Trauma: Diagnostic Implications for Mental Health Professionals

Volume 4- Issue 2
Laura Streyffeler William Ross
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The impact of traumatic stress, especially when the trauma is caused by an intimate partner is devastating for the victim. Trauma-related symptoms often include increased startle response, nightmares, intrusive images, emotional numbness, difficulty sleeping, increased irritability, and difficulty with concentration, which are characteristic of PTSD. Additional symptoms include depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse problems, and alterations in belief systems, such as feelings of trust, safety, worthiness, connection with others and sense of control over one’s life (The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, 2003, online). This research study examined 235 licensed mental health professionals’ working clinical knowledge of domestic violence as well as whether or not they are identifying the symptoms of PTSD when assessing, diagnosing, and treating victims of domestic violence.


  • mental health professionals
  • trauma
  • domestic violence
  • victimization
  • traumatic stress
  • intimate partner trauma
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