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Exploring the experiences of domestic abuse survivors working in the field of domestic abuse support: What are the psychological consequences of working in this field for women survivors of abuse?

Gilbert, Beverley ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6288-2019 (2021) Exploring the experiences of domestic abuse survivors working in the field of domestic abuse support: What are the psychological consequences of working in this field for women survivors of abuse? University of Worcester, IRWB Blog, University of Worcester.

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Abstract

Women’s community groups as well as domestic and sexual abuse support organisations provide safe spaces of healing for women surviving trauma and abuse; spaces where mutual understanding and shared experience can offer a sense of hope and recovery. It is quite usual for a significant proportion of support workers and practitioners within these organisations to share lived experiences of abuse, estimated to constitute over 50% of organisational staffing (Slattery and Goodman, 2009; Bemiller and Williams, 2011). This has been common since the first women’s groups were formed in communities in the 1960s and 1970s in England and these women’s community services are arguably never more needed than currently, given the current epidemic of violence against women and girls being perpetrated (Justice Inspectorates, 2021).

However, what of the impact on support workers with lived experience of abuse? I interviewed twelve women support workers from five different women’s support organisations to ask about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding their career choice and to enquire how this had affected them in terms of both positive and negative emotional impacts. What were they gaining personally and what was the impact on them when undertaking this emotionally challenging work?

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: survivor support worker, domestic abuse, impact, psychological consequences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Beverley Gilbert
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2021 09:00
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 09:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11446

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