Intimate partner violence (IPV), a type of domestic violence, is a human rights issue that is considered a global health concern. The daunting statistics outline the immense need for principles and standards for approaches to IPV. The overarching goal of this review is to explore peer support and peer mentorship as a potential adjunct service to a comprehensive service program for IPV victim-survivors. Conceptualization, theory, and frameworks; social support and peer support; the self-identity of IPV victims; single versus integrative services; service enhancement; evaluation; and advocacy and interventions are investigated in relation to IPV services, in general, and peer support, specifically. Distinctive principles and standards become a theme across the domains examined. The call for an integrative framework for IPV approaches is also outlined. The applications for clinical mental health counseling are discussed.

Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2022

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett





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