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

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posted on 2024-06-16, 13:27 authored by Helen CoxHelen Cox, P Cash, B Hanna, F D`Arcy-Tehan, C Adams
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.

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Journal

Australian journal of rural health

Volume

9

Pagination

280-285

Location

Armidale, N.S.W.

ISSN

1038-5282

eISSN

1440-1584

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Wiley-Blackwell

Issue

6

Publisher

Association for Australian Rural Nurses

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