Shelly Maras

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Diane S. Shinberg

Second Advisor

J. Beth Mabry

Third Advisor

Dana Hysock Witham


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is recognized as a public health concern in the United States. Women are most likely to be victims in intimate relationships and endure physical, mental, and sexual health related problems because of abuse that leads them to utilize health care at high rates. Scholars studying the intersection of IPV and health care argue that care given to victims must be improved, rates of identifying and referring victims to social services remains low. Moreover, women killed by partners often seek health care prior to their death. The purpose of this thesis is to shed light on how female victims think victims should be treated and responded to by health care professionals when seeking care for symptoms of abuse. However, researching victims of IPV is difficult as there are many ethical and methodological concerns and challenges to consider which is also a focus of this research.