After Abuse by Gita Mammen

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Indd 35 16/6/06 10:00:07 AM 36 AFTER ABUSE other problematic issues? Do they sit and think about these issues, or are they more of a doer who tries out various options? Are they only seeking medication for depression at present, or are they wishing to avoid just this? This discussion needs to be a realistic one. It is pointless, for instance, if you are working in a remote community centre to come up with options and preferences that are not available in the region. Given the current difficulty in accessing abusespecific work, viable strategy options might also depend on your training background and skills.

Sexually abused The issue at this stage of the work is that a survivor requires a practitioner should have a choice with regard to the gender of their to be mindful of health worker. Such choice might have already been gender dynamics in exercised by virtue of the fact that this client has voluntarily interactions. disclosed their abuse to you. indd 38 16/6/06 10:00:07 AM 39 PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS, PRINCIPLES AND PITFALLS verbalised. It might only take a question along the lines of: ‘Your childhood abuser was male.

With regard to teen age, the person might say s/he dropped out of school after Year 10, the same year as her first overdose. That, you might learn, was also when she moved out of home. Allowing more time for a person’s teen and young-adult years often provides very relevant information on a developing sexuality, social interactions, coping strategies that were tried and discarded, as well as education and skills development. Substance-use, other risk behaviours, or any run-ins with the law might emerge.

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