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Since the start of the global pandemic, stay-at-home orders forced IPV survivors to stay in the home with abusers, increasing the risk of abuse, and the impact of psychological trauma. (Bright et al., 2020). Occupational therapists are trained professionals in incorporating sensory-based strategies to focus on the somatic manifestations experienced by the body from trauma and can help to regulate physiological and psychological responses through sensory stimuli (Mcgreevy & Boland et al., 2020). The development of this project sparked an opportunity to publish a new framework to introduce the role of sensory integration in treating survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). This framework guides the Sensory Room Manual developed to support clinicians in introducing sensory integration as a treatment approach to support trauma recovery. The purpose of this manual is to advocate for more on-site sensory rooms and occupational therapists on the interdisciplinary team for survivors of IPV.

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Sensory Integration Therapy, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Survivors, Occupational Therapy

Medical Subject Headings

Intimate Partner Violence, Psychological Trauma, Physical Abuse, Survivors, Feedback, Sensory Occupational Therapy


Cognitive Psychology | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Occupational Therapy | Somatic Bodywork and Related Therapeutic Practices | Women's Health


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences April 12-14, 2022

Sensory Integration for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)