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A Systematic Review of Complimentary Therapies to Treat Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of Domestic Abuse

By Jordan A. Meeks, Saida Byrami

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Objectives: Explore the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the health of female survivors. Identify complementary therapies that alleviate symptoms of psychological health impacts of IPV on women’s health.

Method: An exhaustive search of published, peer reviewed literature on complementary therapies and IPV was conducted. Databases included PubMed and CINAHL. Each article reviewed was published between the years of 2002 and 2016. The initial search produced 112 articles, abstracts of all studies were reviewed and studies were included if they addressed; a) complementary and alternative therapies, b) post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression and, c) the impact of IPV on female survivors.

Results: Of the 112 citations obtained, 42 relevant studies met the inclusion criteria. Excluded articles did not meet the criteria specified in the method. The major psychological effects of IPV discovered were Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, and Depression. Essential Oils, Yoga, Meditation, Mantram, Animal Assisted Therapy, and Music Therapy were all found to be effective complementary interventions in aiding to treat the psychological aftermath of intimate partner violence in women.

Conclusion: While theses complementary therapies have been deemed effective for treating some of the psychological effects of IPV (PTSD, anxiety, and depression), further research needs to be completed to test these modalities in order to develop best practice treatment plans and to compare the different therapies.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Pages 43
Publisher James Madison University
Location of Publication Harrisonburg, Virginia
Department Nursing
Degree Nursing
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Anxiety
  7. Depression
  8. Domestic violence
  9. Essential oils
  10. Health
  11. Meditation
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. Physical environment
  14. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  15. psychological well-being
  16. Service animals
  17. Social Environments
  18. survivors
  19. Yoga