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MATOS, Marlene; MACHADO, Andreia; SANTOS, Anita  and  MACHADO, Carla. Intervenção em grupo com vítimas de violência doméstica: Uma revisão da sua eficácia. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2012, vol.30, n.1-2, pp.79-91. ISSN 0870-8231.

After being socially recognized, domestic violence has been having a significant expression in Portuguese surveys. Moreover, due to the high costs associated with this problem (e.g., physical and mental health), the intervention by specialized professionals in this area is now more relevant, being the woman victim the main target. Within the last years, several psychotherapeutic modalities addressing women victims were developed, being group intervention one of those. The aim of the present work is to give a clear picture of the state of the art concerning research on efficacy of group intervention with women victim of domestic violence, as well as critically reflect on its’ potential. After reviewing international literature (e.g., Cox & Stolberg, 1991; McBride, 2001; Rinfret-Raynor & Cantin, 1997; Tutty, Bidgood, & Rothery, 1993), it is possible to recognize group intervention as one of the most common intervention with victims, often assessed as being useful and with a positive impact (e.g., Trimpey, 1989, as cited in McBride, 2001; Tutty et al., 1993). Finally, major challenges on the development of empirical studies on this intervention are pointed out, as well as implications for practitioners in order to develop group intervention with women victim of domestic violence.

Keywords : Domestic violence; Efficacy research; Group intervention; Women victim.

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