Silent Voices: Exploring narratives of women's experiences of health care professional responses to domestic violence and abuse
The impact of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is far reaching not least in terms of both the immediate and longer term physical and mental wellbeing of those who have experienced abuse. DVA also exerts a considerable detrimental impact on the wider family, including children. While professional perspectives of working with DVA survivors is increasingly well documented, there remains a paucity of accounts of encounters with health care services and/or health care professionals from survivors of DVA themselves. A central aim of this study was the exploration of women’s experiences of health care encounters told purely as a personal narrative rather than framed in more traditional research terms. The focus of this paper therefore is unedited personal stories of encounters with healthcare professionals. The position of narrative as research method and the presentation of narratives in this particular instance are also considered.
Citation : McGarry, J., Hinsliffe-Smith, K. (2018) Silent Voices: Exploring narratives of women's experiences of health care professional responses to domestic violence and abuse. Journal of Medical Humanities,