Physical Assault, Female Survivors of

A female survivor of physical assault is a self-identified female who has experienced physical aggression directed toward herself resulting in psychological or physical harm, including loss of life. This entry adds to the current volume by detailing what physical assault means, a framework to understand females’ experience of physical assault, and the history of the documentation of physical assault against females, which includes the rates, risk factors, and consequences of intimate partner relationships. This entry ends with a brief overview on the strength and resilience of female survivors of this form of violence.

Understanding Physical Assault

Physical assault is one type of violence that can take many forms. It can be self-directed (e.g., self-injurious behaviors), experienced collectively (e.g., a community dealing with organized crime), and also happen ...

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