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Title: An examination of the types of services used by women who have experienced domestic violence in Taiwan to deal with the physical, mental and spiritual impact of abuse
Author: Liao, Min-Yu
ISNI:       0000 0004 2718 3652
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2011
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There is no empirical research in Taiwan looking at the provision of services for abused women from a body (physical), mind (mental) and spiritual (inner strength/meaning of life) perspective. Based on this gap, the aims of this thesis are to explore the type of services/healing approach that abused women in Taiwan have, or would like to have, used and examine the effect of these individual and/or integrated approaches. Concerning the methodology, a multi-method research approach has been adopted that used both quantitative and qualitative methods. A questionnaire survey (N=141) and semi-structured interviews (N=15) were conducted with a sample of women in Taiwan who had. experienced domestic violence. The findings of the study suggest that abused women used a range of physical, mental and spiritual health services (i.e. hospital treatment; talking with people you trust; praying in a temple). This study, as well as identifying the types of services abused women use, also identifies whether these services were perceived as positive or negative. Identifying how abused women experience these services is important in helping practitioners to better target the most effective resources. To further inform the qualitative results, case studies were used that found that most interviewees used a body-mind-spirit approach, but with only a few using it in an integrated way. Using these approaches separately was helpful because it addressed the multiple needs of individual woman. However, the lack of an integrated approach meant that the potential for empowerment through this holistic perspective was lost. Feminist theories suggest that various factors including traditional Chinese values, the effect of religious and spiritual values, and the financial dependence of women on men may all contribute to gender inequality and unequal power and result in domestic violence. Through applying feminist empowerment theory, this thesis found that participants could negotiate the impact of gender inequality through the empowerment they gained from using a range of health, welfare and legal services. This does not preclude the possibility that an integrated body, mind and spirit approach might be the most successful in empowering abused women in Taiwan. It suggests that such services are either unavailable in an integrated way or that women access whichever services meet their multiple needs, irrespective of the approach or perspective used.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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