Graham-Bermann, S., & Miller, L. E. (2013). Intervention to reduce traumatic stress following intimate partner violence: An efficacy trial of the moms’ empowerment program (MEP). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41(2), 329-350.
The Mom’s Empowerment Program (MEP) looks at the role and function of social supports and relationships to address trauma symptoms resulting from IPV. MEP addresses advocacy needs, psychoeducation about violence and its effects, and skills for promoting positive mental health. A group format facilitates the sharing of the IPV story and companionship. A children’s program was also designed to help identify and process feelings, address any self-blame they may have about the witnessed abuse, and teach safety skills and coping strategies.