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By Hilary Abrahams

'This is de facto fascinating and compelling publication. Abrahams' writing sort is readable and fascinating and is interspersed almost about study and powerfully, the phrases of ladies who've skilled household violence. correct from the start of this booklet, there are passages that problem stereotypes and take on stereotypical considering concerning girls who adventure family violence... Very attractive, really helpful. robust and authoritative, i would suggest this booklet to somebody operating with girls, even if locally or the place of work. i've got labored with quite a few teams (children, households, individuals with psychological illnesses, older humans) and household violence has been an element in operating in these kinds of components of labor. this article is going to definitely be precious to me and doubtless to many others addressing problems with household violence.'

- Well-Being

'Abrahams provides us a feeling of the way lives are shattered and rebuilt during this compelling booklet that's the fruits of a examine venture exploring the reports of girls and youngsters in 3 refuges within the UK... it's a key source for these operating inside women's refuges, in addition to for pros whose paintings brings them into touch with sufferers of household violence. these tasked with constructing and enforcing public coverage might additionally locate it enlightening.'

- treatment Today

'Compelling studying for someone operating with girls and youngsters residing with and leaving household violence.'

- From the Foreword by way of Cathy Humphreys

Women who depart an abusive dating frequently event emotions of worry, bewilderment, anger and confusion. The trauma attributable to household violence leaves a legacy that remains with the survivor, and it's common for girls to adventure emotions of loss and grief just like these following bereavement, yet made extra complicated by means of the influence that abuse has had on their emotional overall healthiness and well-being.

Supporting ladies after family Violence deals available recommendation on the right way to allow ladies who've skilled household violence to embark on a trip of restoration. The ebook attracts on conception, unique study and the private reports of girls who've encountered household violence to discover the complicated sensible and emotional aid they want while undertaking the method of restoration. It highlights the problems a sufferer of family violence may perhaps come across following an abusive courting, deals motion issues to enhance carrier provision, and covers vital concerns in restoration, reminiscent of the worth of mutual aid and the way girls can regain a feeling of normality and self-esteem.

This booklet could be a key source for these operating inside of women's refuges, in addition to social staff, counsellors, psychological well-being pros etc whose paintings may perhaps carry them into events the place household violence is an issue.

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In discussing the way an individual is likely to move through the phases of bereavement, Worden (1991) identified a number of tasks associated with the process, which both assist in coming to terms with the changed situation and require positive action on the part of the individual. The majority of these are emotional tasks: accepting what has happened; mourning the losses; adjusting to a new environment; and dealing with feelings about the person who has died. At the same time there are new and difficult practical issues that have to be faced: realising that the world has changed; taking on unfamiliar tasks and new roles; dealing with financial and social problems; and seeking a new identity and relationships.

The women who talked to me were well aware of the immense effect that psychological abuse had had on them and were concerned about the problems that this created for them in their efforts to move on. All of them displayed, to a greater or lesser degree, symptoms associated with PTSD, but none of them saw themselves as needing to access professional mental health services or specialist trauma interventions. To see their experiences in terms of Maslow’s ideas, however, provides an alternative approach which mirrors the concepts involved in the diagnosis and treatment associated with PTSD, but can be seen as more appropriate for the majority of women who experience domestic violence.

And I found myself thinking, they all know. They all know that… They all think that it’s my fault. Consequently, women are held in an abusive relationship by what has aptly been termed a ‘web’5 of interrelated behaviours and social and economic difficulties; by both fear and the reality which reinforces it. It takes courage and determination just to keep going in these circumstances, let alone take the decision to leave. It was clear, however, that women did take positive action to protect themselves and their children and to maintain some kind of contact with other people.

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