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Identifying domestic violence faced by women and impact on mental health: Experiences of a psychiatrist working with a crisis centre

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) - by Dr. Shaheen Saiyed, 6th June 2022

This blog is based on my experiences with my patients and patient referrals I receive from other departments and the crisis centre. These experiences highlight the inextricable links between violence and mental wellness. As health workers we are often too busy to “listen” to patients without interrupting. But women coming to the hospital especially those facing violence want someone to listen to them without being interrupted or judged. I reassure them and provide them support. By doing so, I believe I generate hope in them that they are important, they are believed and that someone cares. Some of them have told me that they felt “good” and relieved after speaking to me.


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