Health's a difficult beast: the interrelationships between domestic violence, women's health and the health sector: an Australian case study

Fisher, Colleen and Hunt, Lynne and Adamsam, Rhonda and Thurston, Wilfreda E. (2007) Health's a difficult beast: the interrelationships between domestic violence, women's health and the health sector: an Australian case study. Social Science and Medicine, 65 (8). pp. 1742-1750. ISSN 0277-9536

Abstract

This paper reports on the Australian component of a five nation study undertaken in Australia, Canada, Thailand, Bangladesh and Afghanistan examining policy networks that address women’s health and domestic violence. It examines the relationship between health and domestic violence in Western Australia and analyses the secondary role assumed by health. The study adopted a qualitative research paradigm and semi-structured interviews. Snowball sampling was used to identify relevant and significant stakeholders and resulted in a final sample of 30 individuals representing three key areas: the ‘health policy community’, the ‘domestic violence prevention community’ and ‘other interested stakeholders’, that is, those who have an interest in, but who are not involved in, domestic violence prevention work. Results suggest that the secondary positioning of health is associated with the historical ‘championing’ of the issue in the women’s movement; limited linkages between the health policy community and the domestic violence prevention community and within the health policy community itself; the ‘fit’ between domestic violence and the Western Australian Health Department mandate; and the mis-match between domestic violence and the medical model. The conclusion indicates a need for collaboration based on effective links across the domestic violence community and the health policy community.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Depositing User: ePrints Administrator
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2009 04:33
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 06:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: domestic violence; policy; women; women’s movement; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170105 Gender Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Women's Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.047
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5533

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