How important are informal supporters (friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues) of women experiencing domestic violence?
PHE ePoster Library. Gregory A. Sep 10, 2018; 221155; 273
Dr. Alison Gregory
Dr. Alison Gregory
Login now to access Regular content available to all registered users.

You may also access this content "anytime, anywhere" with the Free MULTILEARNING App for iOS and Android
Abstract
Rate & Comment (0)
Abstract “Very important” - a simple answer to a complex question. If survivors disclose to anyone, it will be to informal supporters and, whilst they often witness abusive behaviours, informal supporters are usually uncertain about what it is they are seeing, and what their role should be.Why is this important? Survivors describe a spectrum of responses from informal supporters. When the responses are positive, they can buffer impacts on survivors' health, particularly their mental health including, depression, suicide attempts and PTSD, and can even be protective against further abuse. So, input from informal supporters matters, but they do not always 'get it right'. By systematically reviewing the literature, and conducting qualitative research with informal supporters and helpline staff, we now understand that tolls on informal supporters are multifaceted, intense, and frequently long-term, impacting on physical health, emotional wellbeing, and on relationships. Informal supporters also experience direct coercive control and physical violence. Most do not recognise the legitimacy of their own needs within the situation. Those who call specialist helplines are prompted by increased concerns, changes in circumstance, media storylines, and feeling overwhelmed by impacts they are experiencing. By adopting an informal supporter/community-oriented approach to domestic violence, reflecting more of the complexity around real-life situations, (e.g. a partnership campaign run in Bristol) we can help informal supporters to understand what they are noticing, why they might feel conflicted about taking action, and encourage their use of services to gain information and support, which will ultimately benefit both informal supporters and survivors. External funding details The author would like to acknowledge the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research, and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for funding this research.
    This eLearning portal is powered by:
    This eLearning portal is powered by MULTIEPORTAL
Anonymous User Privacy Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies (Always Active)

MULTILEARNING platforms and tools hereinafter referred as “MLG SOFTWARE” are provided to you as pure educational platforms/services requiring cookies to operate. In the case of the MLG SOFTWARE, cookies are essential for the Platform to function properly for the provision of education. If these cookies are disabled, a large subset of the functionality provided by the Platform will either be unavailable or cease to work as expected. The MLG SOFTWARE do not capture non-essential activities such as menu items and listings you click on or pages viewed.


Performance Cookies

Performance cookies are used to analyse how visitors use a website in order to provide a better user experience.


Save Settings