The complexities of domestic abuse disclosure: a new publication 

A new publications by Taylor, Bradbury-Jones, Kroll and Duncan details the findings from a two-phase, qualitative study (initial findings were presented as an SDHI webinar) that was conducted with women who had domestic abuse experiences and health professionals in Scotland. Domestic abuse is a serious public health concern. However, little is known about health professionals’ beliefs about domestic abuse disclosure and how these interact with abused women’s experiences.  Most research in this area has largely been a-theoretical. This study was theoretically informed by the Common Sense Model of Self-Regulation of Health and Illness (CSM), which typically has been used to study belief-behaviour interactions in disease-orientated research. Findings expose the dynamic interaction between women’s and health professionals’ beliefs  about domestic abuse and their behaviour that affect the readiness to respond to it. The full paper abstract can be found here.