A phenomenological study : Hong Kong women who are suffering from intimate partner violence

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A phenomenological study : Hong Kong women who are suffering from intimate partner violence

 

Author: Wan, Mei-lan
Title: A phenomenological study : Hong Kong women who are suffering from intimate partner violence
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2007
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Victims of family violence -- China -- Hong Kong.
Abused wives -- China -- Hong Kong.
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: vii, 131 leaves ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2145981
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/484
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent phenomenon associated with a significant impairment in the physical and psychological health of the victims. Thus, the current research is a qualitative study which aims to enrich the understanding of the lived experience of IPV female victims who suffered from a battered relationship. The exploratory fields include informants' lived experience, physical and psychological health consequences of IPV on women, factors influencing their decision to leave or stay in an abusive relationship, factors that influence IPV female victims' disclosure and help-seeking behavior, and the health needs of IPV victims. Purposive convenience sampling was used to recruit women who reported physical assault by their intimate partner at the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of a regional hospital. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine IPV female victims. The recorded interviews were transcribed verbatim, and content analyses of the interview transcripts were independently done by two nurses working in the AED. The main themes arising from the interviewed data are (A) feelings of shame, despair, helplessness, and insecurity; (B) violent experiences that lead to low self-esteem, depression, and suicidal ideas; (C) ambivalence about staying in an abusive relationship; (D) keeping silent if the violent incidents are not serious or occur occasionally; (E) experiences of seeking help: negative and positive responses; (F) needs for shelter, finance, and information The results of this study provided a better understanding of the experience of IPV victims, particularly for those in contact with them in the AED. Therefore, the educational programs for health care professionals should be more sensitive to these women's needs and should deal with them effectively when encountering these victims. This study also highlighted the need for the collaboration of different professions for continual care, individualized IPV interventions, and universal screening.

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