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Title: "…I was pushed right to the very edge of existence and then had to make it back" : women's experiences of life after domestic violence
Author: Plimmer, Jane
ISNI:       0000 0004 2699 4285
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2008
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This Grounded Theory study explored the longer-term psychological effects of male perpetrated domestic violence from the perspectives of ten women survivors. On average, they had been away from abuse for eleven years. The findings indicate that in the longer-term, concerns for safety and fear-related responses continued to affect women's lives. Additionally, two distinct theories are depicted. 'Revisiting intimacy' relates to altered perspectives and approaches towards subsequent partnered intimate relationships. 'Re-establishing self-identity' reflects women's changed perceptions of self-identity, and how these issues were addressed over time. The processes described are not linear or sequential. Nevertheless, they suggest an on-going journey, with setbacks alongside breakthroughs, and some possibilities for resolving issues along the way. Being able to address self-blame associated with domestic violence was important. Furthermore, access to support, information and opportunities for selfdevelopment were relevant to improvements. Impediments to progress, such as unsuccessful help-seeking experiences are highlighted and implications for clinical psychology practice are discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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