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'I could have just done with a little more help': an analysis of women's help-seeking from health visitors in the context of domestic violence

Peckover, Sue (2003) 'I could have just done with a little more help': an analysis of women's help-seeking from health visitors in the context of domestic violence. Health and Social Care in the Community, 11 (3). pp. 275-282. ISSN 0966-0410

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    Domestic violence is a serious issue that adversely affects large numbers of
    women and children. Despite having an adverse impact upon health and
    welfare, women experiencing domestic violence face a number of difficulties
    seeking help about their situation from statutory health and welfare
    agencies. The present paper is based upon a study of British health visiting
    in relation to women experiencing domestic violence. Drawing upon
    interview data from 16 women who experienced domestic violence and
    were the mothers of small children, this paper explores their accounts
    of contact with the health visiting service. All of the 16 women who
    participated in this research described difficulties in seeking help about
    domestic violence. These included practical concerns such as fears for their
    own safety, lack of knowledge regarding appropriate sources of support and
    protection, and concerns about losing custody of their children. Given these
    concerns, some women concealed their experiences of domestic violence
    from their health visitors. For those who disclosed the domestic violence to
    their health visitors, they did not always receive appropriate support or
    protection. Of particular concern was the absence of information about
    accessing more specialist services. The research findings suggest that there
    is considerable scope for practice development in order to ensure that
    women experiencing domestic violence are able to receive safe and
    appropriate responses from health visitors.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) © 2003 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2007
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2010 15:26


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