Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name



Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Cherese Godwin

Second Advisor

Dr. Roslyn A. Harper-Arnold

Third Advisor

Dr. Vimala Pillari


This study examines Intimate Partner Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among women living in safe houses in the State of Georgia. This study was based on the premise that Intimate Partner Violence has an effect on the mental health status of women living in safe houses and can result in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. A case study analysis approach was used to analyze data gathered on Safe House Directors’ attitudes towards Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The researcher found that Safe House Directors agree that Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is an important mental health issue for women living in safe houses. Safe House Directors agree that their safe house staff do not assess for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and that treating trauma associated with Intimate Partner Violence promotes a healthier living environment for women and children survivors. Conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that more training is needed for Safe House Staff on Intimate Partner Violence, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Trauma Informed Care.

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