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Female survivors of domestic abuse

Christopher Barber First published: Last updated:

Introduction

Domestic abuse is a major health risk that affects women, men and children; many nurses will encounter and engage with those experiencing it.

This short article on female victims and survivors of domestic abuse is designed to sit alongside a similar article written by the current author on male victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

Given that the author of this article is male, the reader should take into account the potential for unconscious bias while considering the information put forward.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse has been defined by Women’s Aid (2022) as:

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 defines domestic abuse as:

  • Behaviour of a person (‘A’) towards another person (‘B’) if:
    1. ‘A’ and

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