Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Daniel McKitrick, PhD


This literature review of research in the past 30 years on domestic violence against women focuses on the cycle of violence within abusive relationships, why women so frequently stay in abusive relationships, ' and what is the most helpful in allowing them to leave. Following the review of the literature is a discussion section in which I examine the usefulness of qualitative research approaches in studying this topic; as well as areas which need further research, such as women in rural and immigrant populations identifying resources and support in order to leave abusive relationships and determining which community resources are most useful to women who are coping with domestic violence situations.