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Open Access "What Will Happen If I Tell You?" Battered Latina Women's Experiences of Health Care « Que va-t-il m'arriver si je parle? » L'expérience des Latino-Américaines victimes de violence face à la prestation des soins

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Abstract:

Identifying and appropriately responding to victims of intimate partner abuse is a standard of health care. The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study was to improve health-care providers' understanding of the health-care experiences of battered Latina women. Seventeen women were interviewed in either Spanish or English. Data were analyzed using van Manen's approach. The themes of fear, worry, and uncertainty were found to permeate the women's lives. The women's fear of their abusers and the abuse was matched by their fear of detection and disclosure of the abuse to health-care providers. Their fears were based on the consequences of the abuse becoming known. Despite their fears, the women wanted to be asked about intimate partner abuse and to receive help. Several parallels in the women's relationships with the abusers and with their health-care providers were identified. Requisites for safe disclosure of intimate partner abuse to health-care providers are discussed.

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L'identification des cas de violence conjugale et la prestation de services adéquats aux victimes font couramment partie du travail en soins infirmiers. La présente étude phénoménologique vise à améliorer, grâce à une approche interprétative, notre compréhension de l'expérience des Latino-Américaines victimes de violence face à la prestation des soins. Dix-sept femmes ont été interrogées en espagnol ou en anglais; les données ont été analysées suivant la méthode de van Manen. La peur que ressentent les victimes à l'idée que leur situation puisse être détectée et divulguée par les prestataires de soins est analogue à celle qu'elles éprouvent devant leur agresseur et leurs actes. Ces craintes sont suscitées par les conséquences éventuelles du dévoilement. En dépit de celles-ci, les répondantes se sont montrées disposées à être interrogées et à recevoir de l'aide. L'auteure dégage plusieurs parallèles entre la relation des victimes avec leur agresseur et celle qui s'établit avec les intervenants de la santé. Elle dresse à l'intention des prestataires de soins une liste de critères à respecter en matière de divulgation des cas de violence conjugale.

Keywords: CULTURAL COMPETENCE; HEALTH CARE; IMMIGRANT; INTIMATE PARTNER ABUSE; LATINA; NURSING; QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-12-01

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