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.
Immediately halt dangerous planned changes to the way that women’s domestic abuse refuges are funded, as they could put women’s and children’s lives at risk.
Work with Women’s Aid and other partners to ensure that the national network of women’s refuges is given a model of funding that will protect services in the long term.
UK support to protect women and girls in some of the world’s poorest countries from practices such as FGM, child marriage and domestic and sexual violence.
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Following calls from individuals and organisations across the UK, we are pleased the government has announced today that it will be taking the final step to enable ratification of the Istanbul Convention.