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:

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This chapter highlights the key findings of the research on which this book is based. It revisits theoretical discussions that emerge in all three parts, and reiterates the key recommendations which appear at the end of each section. The chapter presents the following findings: women present to healthcare professionals for the validation of their experiences; there was a clear differentiation made between the identification, documentation, and treatment of physical and non-physical injuries; healthcare professionals use cultural myths and stereotypes about women who experience domestic violence that perpetuate their professional frustrations relating to the treatment of domestic-violence-related injuries; the existence of a medical hierarchy undermines the potential of non-medical health professionals to interact positively with women who have domestic-violence-related injuries; and domestic violence, in and of itself, has not undergone medicalisation and is unlikely to.

Keywords: good practice; domestic violence; women; health professionals; medical hierarchy

Chapter.  1091 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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