Perspectives d'intervenantes sur les pratiques d'intervention à privilégier auprès des femmes victimes de violence conjugale et présentant des troubles mentaux modérés

Authors: Kitoko, Elisabeth
Advisor: Dallaire, Bernadette
Abstract: This research focuses on perspectives of intervention practices for victims of domestic violence, with moderate mental health disorders. It was conducted among six social workers from various centers, specialized in social services in the Quebec City region, who possessed many years of experience working with victims of domestic violence affected by moderate mental health disorders. The perspectives of intervention emanating from our participants, were based on several approaches. They prioritized the feminist approach, because, from their point of view, it allows women to understand both the dynamics and societal causes of the domestic violence they face. In their daily practice, the participants of our study believe that the mental disorders of the victims are misdiagnosed. They explain that mental health physicians treat victims' mental health symptoms without really considering the dynamics of the domestic violence in which the victims live. This allows us to deduce that currently, the medical approach is taking over the psychosocial approach, and that the repercussions of domestic violence on victims are categorized as simple mental health problems. The exploration and analysis of the results of the participants’ opinions confirm, on one hand, that the mental health consequences are inherent in the victimization experience and that a significant portion of the women victims of domestic violence will develop mental disorders in this context. On the other hand, they show that collaboration between mental health professionals (doctors and psychiatrists) and the professionals of centers specialized in domestic violence, is essential to properly understand this problem and better respond to the needs of abused women.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2018
Open Access Date: 17 April 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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