Women’s experiences of Domestic Violence and Abuse
Women’s accounts reveal that domestic abuse is not just about being ‘battered’ but is about being subjected to coercive and controlling behaviour, threats to harm the women or their families if they do not comply with their partner’s demands, as well as physical, financial, sexual and verbal abuse. All forms of abuse are described in detail by our participants and some people may find the content distressing.
Dame Jennifer Susan "Jenni" Murray, journalist and broadcaster, is best known for presenting BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She is a supporter of Women’s Aid, and here she introduces this section of the website. Jenni makes reference to a radio ‘soap opera’ which included a female character experiencing domestic abuse.
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This section is based on research by the Health Experiences Research Group.
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This is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0712-28011). The views expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
Publication date: April 2017
Date of review: February 2020.
Next review due: February 2023