Ending intimate partner violence: An application of the transtheoretical model

Jessica G. Burke, Julie A. Denison, Andrea Carlson Gielen, Karen A. McDonnell, Patricia O'Campo

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Objective: To examine the application of the transtheoretical model (TM) to women's experiences of ending intimate partner violence (IPV). Methods: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 23 abused women. Results: Women use 7 traditional processes of change. Women in early stages of change use cognitive processes. Women in later stages use behavioral processes. Consciousness-raising and social liberation appear in both early and later stages. Helping relationships are critical throughout. Decisional balance and self-efficacy are also related. Conclusions: Women ending IPV do use the TM processes and constructs of change. These findings support the development and evaluation of a TM stage-based IPV intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-133
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004


  • Domestic violence
  • Females
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Stages of change
  • Transtheoretical model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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