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Domestic Violence and Refugee Trauma: Clinical Implications and Interventions

Domestic Violence and Refugee Trauma: Clinical Implications and Interventions

Understanding Violence and its Language in Domestic Interactions: Impact on Families. It is essential in dealing with domestic violence to realise that support and ‘buffers’ within families and the community may involve traditional and non traditional choices of individuals and services, cultural beliefs, family patterns, etc. These must be carefully assessed by those who may provide services for families involved in domestic violence.

For example, there seem to be common elements in domestic violence such as economic disadvantage, male power and control, social isolation, history of abuse, torture, deprivation, depression and self destructive patterns, among others. The impact of domestic violence depends on personal, contextual and cultural resources, and the long standing effect may become rooted in one’s internal sensations. Unfortunately there are many mitigating factors usually taken into consideration by legal systems, which perpetuates the status quo of domestic violence, i.e. sexual drive, psychopathology, lack of control of emotions, trauma and stress. Circles of support as proposed in a model of care are relevant to all families, and even more to those in the context of domestic violence.

Speakers: Yaya De Andrade