According to global data, intimate partner violence and its corresponding impact threaten the lives of almost 35% of women at some
According to global data, intimate partner violence and its corresponding impact threaten the lives of almost 35% of women at some point in their life. The aim of this research was to explore the effects of intimate partner sexual violence on women’s sense of self-efficacy. The participants, 10 women with experiences of intimate partner sexual violence participated in in-depth interview and a thematic analysis method has employed to analyse the data. Two main themes were drawn from the data, including Exposure and Empowerment. Exposure refers to the type of violence and its effects; and Empowerment refers to factors women considered as giving them the courage to seek help from others. It is concluded that Iranian women are not passive when exposed to intimate partner sexual violence, and social support, mainly from family and friends, was a pathway to feelings of empowerment; without this support, women’s emotional health is put in jeopardy.
Dr. Azam Naghavi is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Isfahan, Iran. She has studied PhD at Monash University, Australia and during her PhD she has worked about mental health issues of Iranian immigrant women in Australia. Since 2014 she is focusing on empowerment concept among people with disability, immigrants and women. Moreover, empowering factors after traumatic events and post-traumatic growth are two main topics she is working on at the moment. She has been involved in two DAAD projects and in one Erasmus program in the last two years.