Domestic abuse victims’ perceptions of abuse and support: a narrative study

Spruin, E., Alleyne, E. and Papadaki, I. (2015) Domestic abuse victims’ perceptions of abuse and support: a narrative study. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 1 (1). pp. 19-28. ISSN 2056-3841.


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The current study sought to investigate the developmental and social characteristics of a group of victimised women to develop understanding into the factors which put local women at risk for victimisation and enhance the local support services for these women. Twelve women from local support services were interviewed about their experiences of violence. The aim of these interviews was to identify patterns within these women’s narratives which can be explored and developed for future applications Interviews were analysed using thematic analysis which resulted in four themes: (1) childhood characteristics; (2) first sexual encounters; (3) quality of life; and (4) supporting services. The results provide an extraordinary opportunity to enhance the support services provided for vulnerable women and girls in the local community. These results have not only aided in advancing the current research but also developing current service-providers for this local population. More specifically, the results have indicated a number of characteristics which place women at risk of victimisation, more importantly, the results have demonstrated the importance of exploring other services that may be beneficial for the recovery of these woman. In essence, the woman taking part in this study highlighted areas which encourage future exploration for both researchers and service providers. Clearly, before definite conclusions can be drawn, more research evaluations need to be carried out to explore the characteristics that put women at risk of violence and the services which may aid in their recovery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Violence against women; sexual abuse; domestic violence; victimization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology > HV6250 Victims of crime. Victimology
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Social Sciences
pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Law and Criminal Justice Studies
Depositing User: Dr Liz Spruin
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 17:23
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 15:03

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