Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing




Dr. Helene Berman


Every year, thousands of Canadian women make a decision to leave a situation of intimate partner violence (IPV). For many, this decision begins a tortuous path toward homelessness. Resilience is a process, trait, and outcome that involves overcoming adversity and developing unique strengths through its process. For women who have experienced the adversity of IPV and homelessness, evidence of resilience is profoundly apparent in their stories. This paper explores the evidence of resilience as experienced by seven Canadian women, the barriers they experienced to development of resilience, and the qualities of interventions deemed effective to promoting their personal resilience.



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