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Abstract

One of the most common forms of violence against women is intimate partner violence (IPV), a public health issue affecting one in three women globally and one in four in the nation (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016). IPV produces long-term impressions as it is defined as any behavior within an intimate relationship that causes physical, psychological or sexual harm (WHO, 2016). Women affected by IPV are inclined to isolate themselves socially decreasing their participation in daily routines (Gorde et al., 2004). The prolonged preclusion of women from necessary/meaningful occupations such as child rearing and social interaction is a conflict outside their control and is identified as occupational deprivation (OD) (Whiteford, 2010). This problem concerns different disciplines such as psychology, nursing, social work, law enforcement, and occupational therapy. The authors of this exploratory paper searched the databases of EBSCOHost, ProQuest, and Google Scholar to identify articles relevant to the topic from a variety of fields. Limitations of these studies included articles geared to (a) violence against women (b) violence occurring within heterosexual relationships (c) specific IPV service providers (d) proposed solutions for programs within the United States. This exploratory paper investigates the OD of women affected by IPV by understanding the perspectives, experiences, and recovery process to inform health professionals when working with survivors of IPV. Overall there is a need for collaboration among disciplines to further address OD in IPV.

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