Women survivors of child abuse - don't ask, don't tell

Adeline Lee, Janice Yvonne Coles, Stuart J Lee, Jayashri Kulkarni

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Background Rates of disclosure of child abuse by women survivors are low, and general practitioners seldom ask women about such history. This study explored the experiences of women survivors: child abuse disclosure, GP service use and thoughts on being asked about their abuse experiences. Methods A cross-sectional study containing quantitative and qualitative questions was conducted with 108 women child abuse survivors. Results Only 5 of the women disclosed their child abuse to their GP and 19 were asked about their child abuse history. More than half of the women (58 ) asked reported feeling hopeful or relieved and none reported feeling offended. Discussion Rates of child abuse inquiry by GPs and disclosures by women survivors remain low. With the majority of women survivors reporting feeling relieved and none offended when asked about their child abuse experiences, GPs should consider asking women who present to their practice about such experienc
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)903 - 906
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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