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Domestic Violence and the Refugee Experience: Clinical Implications

Domestic Violence and the Refugee Experience: Clinical Implications

The experience of domestic violence has significant psychological impacts on post trauma reactions. In this presentation Tajana will illustrate the impact of a long standing history of domestic violence on psychological functioning and its interactions with trauma reactions associated with the refugee experience. Tajana will present a case of a female Iraqi client who is of Mandaean Sabean background and has experienced persecution and loss as a result of her ethnicity and religion.

The case presentation will illustrate the emergence of a complex clinical picture stemming from the interaction between traumatic experiences related to the client’s ethnicity and her long standing history of domestic violence. This presentation will highlight the interactions of fear response, perception of abandonment, traumatic grief, guilt and shame, and its effect on the client’s coping abilities. Tajana will also demonstrate how various culturally appropriate clinical techniques have been utilised to ensure safety and promote positive change to the client’s psychological wellbeing.

Speakers: Tajana Opacic