Journal article

Mental health and domestic violence: 'I call it symptoms of abuse'

C Humphreys, R Thiara

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Research evidence now clearly shows a direct link between women's experiences of domestic violence and heightened rates of depression, trauma symptoms, and self-harm. A research project based in Women's Aid outreach services provides further evidence of women's experiences of severe emotional distress. However, their experiences of mental health services were often found to be negative. A number of practices within the medical model of mental health were unhelpful including: the lack of recognition of trauma or provision of trauma services; making the abuser invisible through focusing on the woman's mental health reified from her experiences of abuse; blaming the victim; offering medication ..

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