After Abuse by Gita Mammen

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Are they seeking recompense? Do they wish to press charges? Abuse-specific assessment n n n n n n Duration and frequency Nature of abuse: sexual, physical, emotional, combination – regarding sexual abuse—determine whether it was contact, if so, whether genital/ penetrative Perpetrator details: whether in a position of trust, responsibility – nature of interaction used for power gradient – any current interaction with perpetrator Delineate any re-victimisation in later years: at home, work, social Discuss previous help: what worked, what didn’t Determine any advocacy, statutory and legal needs The precise nature of each survivor’s abuse situation is unique.

The exercise will also delineate aspects that are just not possible given both the current dearth of expertise, as well as the costs that might be involved. Knowing their ideal goals often enables a person to improvise and substitute components towards an overall resolution. A succinct one-line summary of their goal will help. This should not be a ‘I want to be happy’ type of generality. It should include specifics. An example might be: ‘I want to work out how my childhood abuse figures in my marijuana use so I can stop being dependent on it and hold a job for longer than a year’.

This often leads to much Given the current dissatisfaction and frustration. The current service spectrum dearth of expertise for abuse-specific healthcare is, unfortunately, one that is in this field, fragmented, with little co-ordination. complementary skillCompetition for public funding contributes to mistrust between agencies, and practitioners mostly remain inadsets available within equately aware of the strengths and benefits of service different service frameworks other than their own. frameworks can be Given the current dearth of expertise in this field, used to a survivor’s complementary skill-sets available within different service advantage.

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