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Risky business: stories from the field of rural community nurses' work in domestic violence.

Cox, Helen, Cash, Penelope, Hanna, Barbara, D`Arcy-Tehan, Frances and Adams, Carol 2001, Risky business: stories from the field of rural community nurses' work in domestic violence., Australian journal of rural health, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 280-285, doi: 10.1046/j.1038-5282.2001.00377.x.

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Title Risky business: stories from the field of rural community nurses' work in domestic violence.
Author(s) Cox, Helen
Cash, Penelope
Hanna, Barbara
D`Arcy-Tehan, Frances
Adams, Carol
Journal name Australian journal of rural health
Volume number 9
Issue number 6
Start page 280
End page 285
Publisher Association for Australian Rural Nurses
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Publication date 2001-12
ISSN 1038-5282
1440-1584
Keyword(s) community nurses
domestic violence
family violence
rural nursing
rural Victoria
Summary This paper reports on a descriptive study into family violence in rural Victoria. Focus groups were held in a number of areas across rural Victoria with a total of 24 community nurse participants. The focus groups were audio-taped and the tapes transcribed to enable the clustering of themes. The dominant themes were: picking up cues, helping and helplessness, holding secrets and quiet resistance. Underpinning all these themes however, was the notion of 'risky business'. All nurses in the study gave examples of situations that they encountered; their ways of helping; of working sensitively; of working around a system that is unhelpful; and the ways in which their work while skilled, thoughtful and wise, is also costly in terms of the emotional wounds they carry. Rural nurses work with considerable risk and courage as they engage in the care and support of women experiencing family violence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1038-5282.2001.00377.x
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Wiley-Blackwell
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001132

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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