Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Chyela Rowe


This literature review aims to underscore the efficacy of body-based interventions as an approach to address both the physical and psychological repercussions experienced by women affected by intimate partner violence (IPV). The review begins with an overview of IPV, with a focus on the impact on women, and covers reviews of existing psychotherapeutic interventions. Additionally, this literature review delves into the potential benefits of dance movement interventions, positing that such approaches empower individuals to regain control over their environment by acknowledging the parity of physical, social, and emotional well-being The literature review is focused on dance movement therapy as a specialized treatment modality, emphasizing three components: 1) the utilization of body-based interventions involving dance and movement, 2) psychotherapy, and 3) a collaborative approach employing top-down/bottom-up therapy. Current literature supports the adoption of body-based interventions such as dance movement therapy, as integral components of comprehensive care for women grappling with the aftermath of IPV. Furthermore, the literature showed how integration of psychotherapeutic techniques and a collaborative therapeutic approach further enrich the application of dance/movement therapy, offering a nuanced and holistic framework for addressing the complex needs of this population.

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