What do Australian women experiencing intimate partner abuse want from family and friends?

 
Author(s) Taket, Ann, Lorna O'Doherty, Jodie Valpied, and Kelsey Hegarty
Title What do Australian women experiencing intimate partner abuse want from family and friends?
Source Qualitative Health Research,June 2014, Vol. 24, No. 7, pp. 983-996
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This study examines the views of 254 women who have or are currently experiencing fear and/or abuse of an intimate partner. The aim of the report was to explore the women's personal perspective on the different types of support they seek and appreciate from their family and friends. The answers from the questionnaires were categorised into common themes which provided a useful guidance for what was seen as helpful and unhelpful forms of support strategies from friends and families. It was found that most women found informal means of support as most important, provided it was delivered with helpful intentions. The most common forms of support that was deemed invaluable included support which was affirming, encouraging understanding, and given in a supportive fashion. The results from the finding suggested implications for future research primarily in more formal forms of support such as public health style interventions and family therapeutic settings.
Keywords Abuse; domestic violence; families; communication; social support; violence against women
Topic

Domestic violence