Health professionals’ beliefs about domestic abuse and the impact these have on their responses to disclosure: A critical incident technique study

  • Taylor, Julie (Principal Investigator)
  • Kroll, Thilo (Principal Investigator)
  • Duncan, Fiona (Principal Investigator)
  • Bradbury-Jones, Caroline (Principal Investigator)

Project Details


A qualitative study designed to explore issues relating to women disclosing domestic abuse to health professionals. The two-phase study involved: 1) semi-structured individual Critical Incident Technique (CIT) interviews with health professionals and 2) focus groups with women who had experienced domestic abuse (DA). Twenty nine health professionals (16 health visitors, 11 midwives, 2 GPs) participated in the CIT interviews. Three focus groups were conducted with 14 women.

Layman's description

A study to identify issues for health professionals to effectively support women disclosing domestic abuse.

Key findings

Findings point to the dynamic interaction between women’s and health professionals’ awareness of DA and readiness to disclose, inquire and respond to it. Understanding these complex dynamics assists in developing appropriate strategies to support women post-disclosure. A representation of domestic abuse arising from the study captures the complexity of this disclosure process and has considerable potential for use as a pedagogical tool for the training and education of health professionals in relation to domestic abuse.
Effective start/end date1/01/1031/12/12


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