Personality Factors Associated with Domestic Abuse: The Importance of Perspective. Angelique Jenney, M.S.W.(PhD Candidate) Director, Family Violence Services. OVERVIEW OF THE PRESENTATION. Why is this issue important? Impact of abuse/trauma on Interpersonal Relationships -
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Angelique Jenney, M.S.W.(PhD Candidate)
Family Violence Services
Co-ocurrence of Other Forms of Trauma with Domestic Abuse:
(Meaney, as cited in Begley, 2007 p.175)
“We inhabit our histories, and our histories inhabit us”
A Lesson from the natural world…
No predator - remains unarmed Behaviours
Odor of predator - the same genetic clone grows armour - MOVE that one to the no-predator aquarium - armour recedes!
Female water flea who has been exposed and then placed in predator-free zone - lays eggs - offspring are fully armouredNature vs Nurture: The Case of the Water Flea
Handled vs Unhandled Behaviours
Less reactive to stress when adults
The reason? Handling increased Maternal Licking Behaviours!
Mellow, well-adjusted rodenthood
Grew up to be HLs
Grew up to be LLs
Switch them up? LLs HLs
HLs LLsNature vs Nuture: The Case of the Lab Rat
Survival of the fittest
(or most stressed out in this case)
Opportunities for conditions to be mediated by social supports.
(adapted from Perry, 2003)
particularly about marriage, parenting and child development
(McIntosh, 1987; Bloor & McIntosh, 1990)
The need for empathic connection - the only way to get
through difficult areas - find a way to understand and care
Have posters/pamphlets (educational/service related) about domestic violence in your waiting room (research shows it increases patient comfort with disclosure (Ahmad, 2009)
Know the people in your neighbourhood (pass the baton)
Never underestimate the power of listening and acceptance (change takes time; you want them to keep telling you)
Intervene when you must (child welfare, police)
Follow-Up (the last time I saw you…how are things now?)
Keep it in perspective (windows of opportunity)
Assuming patients will get the help they need from someone/somewhere else (health care providers are often the first point of contact and sometimes the only point)
Prescribe a bitter pill (if you know they won’t take it)
Not having a back up plan (These patients WILL catch you off guard - consider it like any other medical issue - suggest a follow up visit)
If all else fails: “I’m glad you told me”
Assaulted Women’s Helpline (24 hr crisis line)
Shelternet (access to shelters and on-line safety plan)
Kids HelpPhone (24 hr crisis line)
The Healthcare System.