Journal article

Domestic and Family Violence, Mental Health and Well-Being, and Legal Engagement.

Heather Douglas

Psychiatry Psychology and Law | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2018

Abstract

This article reports on the findings from a qualitative study involving 65 women who have engaged with the legal system after experiencing domestic and family violence. The interviewees report on the increased levels of stress and trauma they experience as a result of impending court appearances, in preparation for cross-examination and in negotiating court orders and on the actions they take to address this stress. While many reported that they sought help from mental health practitioners, some women reported choosing not to seek medical assistance for, and hiding, mental health concerns and self-medicating in an effort to avoid negative court outcomes. In light of the women's experiences, ..

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