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Date of Award


Document Type

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Brown, Laurel


This study analyzed the perception of battered women on being able to trust another partner again and date after domestic violence. This study sample consisted of eight battered women over the age of eighteen. In analyzing the responses eight core themes emerged: trust, dating, beliefs, healthy coping, going back, overcoming, relationship, and feelings. The codes were grouped into categories that ranged from healthy traits to dating to negative traits to dating. Moreover, a theoretical statement was developed by the use of selective coding. Participants identified how past experiences with domestic violence affected them in a positive and negative way. It was found it is easier for women to trust another partner if they experienced domestic violence for less than ten years. Moreover, it was found it is hard for women to trust another partner if the experienced domestic violence for more than ten years.