The lived experiences of black women who managed college studies while experiencing intimate partner violence


May 2023

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a preventable problem that affects individuals of various ages, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic groups. This phenomenological study addressed the following research question: “How did Black women manage their college studies while concurrently experiencing intimate partner violence?” Semi-structured open-ended interview questions were used during individual virtual interviews of 15 cisgender women who were at least 18 years old, who speak, read, write, and understand the English language, and experienced IPV while in enrolled in college. Data was analyzed using Colaizzi’s (1978) method of analysis. This study provides insight on how Black women who concurrently experienced IPV while enrolled in college coped and managed the demands of their college studies, how the abuse impacted their studies, and what professors should know about students who experience IPV.



Health Sciences, Nursing