terri l. weaver, ph.d. :: exploring the impact of violence on the lives of women and their children

:: Intimate Partner Violence & Injury

An estimated 1.5 million women experience physical assault and/or rape by an intimate partner each year, 1/3 of whom experience some form of injury. Annually, more than 500,000 of these injured female victims receive medical treatment for their injuries.

While existing research has adequately described IPV-related injuries, understanding the complex impact of injury has been more limited. For example, after acute injuries have healed, there may be residual manifestations. These residual injuries can include visible differences in appearance, such as marks or scars, or changes such as functional impairment or pain. These multiple dimensions may have differential impacts on health and wellbeing. My program of interdisciplinary research has begun to explore these differential impacts.

New for 2013

Psychophysiological Assessment Study:  Enrolling Now

We are currently seeking volunteers for a psychophysiological assessment study exploring the association between violence related injury and physiological responses.  Please click on the the flyer below for futher enrollment details.

Psychophysiological Assessment Study

Grant Funding:

8/99 - Principal Investigator, The Psychological Meaning of Violence-Related Injuries
National Institute of Mental Health
$147,026 for two years.


Weaver, T. (1999, November). The psychological impact of violence-related injury. In T. Weaver (chair), Physical Injury and PTSD. Paper presented at the 15th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Miami, FL.

Weaver, T. L., Kokoska, M.S., Etzel, J. C., Akbar, M., Sand, S., Sitzer, T., O’Brien Uhlmansiek, M., & McVay, E. (2001, December). The Multidimensional Impact of Battering-Related Injury: Preliminary Assessment Findings. In M. B. Mechanic (chair) Multiple Dimensions of Partner Abuse: Physical, Mental Health Outcomes. Paper presented at the 17th annual meeting of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Weaver, T. L., Kokoska, M. S., & Etzel, J. C. (2003, October). Battering related residual injury: Implications for body image distress and PTSD. Poster presented at Toward a National Research Agenda on Violence Against Women: A National Research Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.
Weaver, T. L., & Resick, P. A. (2007, November). Injury may be more than skin deep: Injury dimensions in female victims of intimate partner violence. Poster presented at the 23rd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Weaver, T. L., Griffin M. G., & Mitchell, E. R.  (2009, November).  Posttraumatic stress disorder and body image distress in victims of physical and sexual assault.  Poster presented that the annual meeting for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Atlanta, GA. 

Download ISTSS 2009 poster

Weaver, T. L., Buchanan, T. W., Griffin, M. G., Weber, S., Riebel, J., Bosch, J., Murry, T. Nowell Pelletier, T., Boswell J., Perez, E., Thomas, J., & Whitman, S. (2013, November). Residual Injury, PTSD and Body Image Distress following Intimate Partner Violence: Psychophysiological Assessment for Comparative Cues. Poster accepted at the 29th annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Philadelphia, PA.


Mechanic, M. B., Weaver, T. L., & Resick (in press). Risk factors for physical injury among help-seeking battered women: An exploration of multiple dimensions. Violence against Women.

Weaver, T. L., Resnick, H. S., Kokoska, M. S., & Etzel, J.C. (2007). Injury, Pain, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Body Image: Examining the associations within a sample of female victims of intimate partner violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20 (6), 999-1008.

Weaver, T. L, Turner, P., Thayer, C., Schwarze, N., & Sand, S. (2007). Psychological meanings of residual injuries. Women and Health: A multidisciplinary journal of women’s health issues, 45, 85-102.



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