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Physical and non-physical injuries

Emma Williamson

in Domestic violence and health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9781861342157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302148 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342157.003.0003
Physical and non-physical injuries

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This chapter examines the types of injuries that the participating women sustained as a result of domestic violence and contextualises this data with information from other research. Making a distinction between physical and non-physical injuries proved important in relation to the response of health practitioners as well as the women from stage one. Just as definitions of violence and abuse can be problematic, so too do women who experience domestic violence feel these contradictions. This is compounded by abuse, which has a non-physical health impact and results in injuries that cannot be seen either by the participating women or ‘others’.

Keywords: domestic violence; physical injuries; health practitioners; health impact; psychosomatic symptoms

Chapter.  5517 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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