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date: 28 February 2021

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This chapter provides a brief overview of empirically supported psychosocial treatments for adults who have developed serious clinical psychiatric disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other psychosocial and behavioral problems as a result of exposure to interpersonal victimization and violence. In this chapter, we will describe important aspects of creating a safe and therapeutic environment for victims of interpersonal violence and the evidence-based core treatment components and strategies for use with adult victims of interpersonal violence with PTSD. Finally, we will introduce three empirically supported treatment programs incorporating some or all of the core treatment components discussed. We will also discuss emerging and novel interventions for the treatment of PTSD in adults that have varying levels of theoretical and empirical evidence.

Keywords: interpersonal violence, victim, intervention, evidence-based treatment, violent victimization, adult exposure therapy, cognitive-behavioral intervention

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