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THE PROBLEM

Intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence, or violence against women as perpetrated by partners or ex-partners, constitutes a serious public health problem in our society. Such violence is a predicting variable for physical and mental health outcomes in the general female population, affecting their quality of life due to the threat and loss of emotional wellbeing, as well as a myriad of other physical, psychological, neurological, and cognitive problems.

Project BELIEVE assesses neuropsychological or cognitive sequelae (attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, etc.) in women who have suffered intimate partner violence (IPV). In addition, we will evaluate a rehabilitation program used to diminish or alleviate the sequelae found in the initial evaluation. The nature of this project is fundamentally interdisciplinary, integrating the innovative advances of neuroscience with psychological findings. Our objective is to understand the implications of intimate partner violence on the brain and psychological functioning in battered women.

Victims

Surviving women

Research has demonstrated a relationship between brain damage and abuse in female victims of IPV. Nevertheless, there are few studies in this line of research and the number of women suffering neuropsychological deficits remains unknown in Spain. To this end, we will administer a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to assess deficits resulting from abuse. This project employs a universal focus from a neuropsychological perspective, while taking into account neurocognition, emotional wellbeing, and social sequelae.

Goals

Evaluation and rehabilitation of battered women

A cognitive stimulation workshop will be developed in order to reduce deficits found in women who have suffered intimate partner violence. Historically, psychological treatment for battered women has focused on the psychological symptoms of chronic anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and depression. Nevertheless, such treatment tends to leave cognitive rehabilitation aside which may have important implications in terms of adherence to treatment protocol and efficacy. This workshop will, therefore, focus on cognitive functioning while taking into account the psychological symptoms that are traditionally treated in female victims.

In this project, we consider a new perspective from a neuropsychological standpoint by responding to these concerns through the neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation of battered women.

CONTRIBUTIONS

The execution of this project contributes to research on intimate partner violence as well as directly to women affected by IPV.

  • The development of a complete public domain neuropsychological battery adapted to the deficits that female victims of IPV suffer for its use in clinical and forensic contexts.
  • Understand cognitive alterations in female victims of intimate partner violence.
  • Measure the severity and prevalence of neuropsychological sequelae.
  • Develop a specific treatment to eliminate or reduce them.
  • Allow for the measurement of these sequelae to be used in forensic cases, where they may have legal implications.

PROJECT NEWS

  • Disseminating: National Psychology Conference of Spain

    In July (2017), our team presented a symposium at the 3rd National Psychology Conference of Spain to speak about the implications of neuroscience in intimate partner violence. From left to right. Dr. Miguel Pérez García, tenured professor at the University of Granada in the Department of Personality, Psychological...

  • Research Findings on Forensic Implications

    Make yourself a cup of coffee and take a moment to sit down and read our article that was recently published in the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology! This paper, entitled “Validation of neuropsychological consequences in victims of intimate partner violence in a Spanish population using specific effort tests,”...

  • An International Collaboration

    From left to right. Julia Daugherty, PhD Student, Psychology, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain; Dr. Eve Valera, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Diana Wang, Harvard College Class of 2020, B.A. Candidate in Human Evolutionary Biology, Mind-Brain-Behavior, Secondary in Social Anthropology The University of...