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

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Fisher, Colleen, Hunt, Lynne, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.047
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Health's a difficult beast: the interrelationships between domestic violence, women's health and the health sector: an Australian case study

ERA Journal ID39837
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsFisher, Colleen (Author), Hunt, Lynne (Author), Adamsam, Rhonda (Author) and Thurston, Wilfreda E. (Author)
Journal TitleSocial Science and Medicine
Journal Citation65 (8), pp. 1742-1750
Number of Pages9
Year2007
Place of PublicationOxford, United Kingdom
ISSN0277-9536
1873-5347
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.05.047
Web Address (URL)http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/315/description#description
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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.

Keywordsdomestic violence; policy; women; women’s movement; Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020429999. Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
520502. Gender psychology
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsEdith Cowan University
Granny Spiers Community House, Australia
University of Calgary, Canada
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