29th October 2018
Dr Katherine Pitt is a GP Registrar with a special interest in women’s health. Katherine is also a researcher in domestic violence and abuse at University of Bristol (Academic Clinical Fellow). She writes here about her professional experiences of how domestic abuse impacts upon mental health.
Working as a doctor in general practice, I had some insight into the mental health consequences of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). However, the time pressure in clinical practice limits what I hear and understand. Recently, by conducting research interviews with survivors of DVA, I gained a deeper insight. They described how corrosive DVA had been to their self-worth, confidence and mental health. Their experience of seeking psychological support was variable. Despite this, they embodied resilience, and a commitment to sharing their experience in the hope it might help others.