Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Susan Rodger

Second Advisor

Dr. Alan Leschied


This study explored the relationship between experience with violence, trauma symptoms, and help seeking among a community sample of women. Criterion- referenced sampling was utilized to select two samples of women who reported experiencing violence enrolled in an adult education program in a large metropolitan city. Participants reported the level and frequency of violence they had experienced in an intimate relationship, completed the Trauma Symptoms Checklist (TSC-33; Briere & Runtz, 1989), and a researcher-designed help seeking checklist. The results of this study indicate a relationship between women’s reported experience with violence and help seeking. Women who reported experiencing more severe and frequent violence reported accessing a greater number of resources. It is hoped that information gathered in this study can be used to increase our understanding of women’s experience of help seeking, and help reduce barriers for women accessing support following the experience abuse in an educational context.



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