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Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference organised by Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group Date: Tuesday 11 th September 2012 Time: 10.30.

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1 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference organised by Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group Date: Tuesday 11 th September 2012 Time: – Place: West Hackney St. Paul’s Church Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UK Discussion Domestic Violence and the impact on our Mental Health. Sam Shakes

2 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group You have mentioned various forms of Domestic Violence. Do we know of other forms? Hitting Kicking Biting Shoving Restraining Slapping Throwing objects Threats of Sexual Abuse Marital Rape Emotional Abuse Controlling or domineering Stalking Neglect Economic Deprivation

3 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group Who else is affected by Domestic Violence? Marital and Civil partners Elders Children Carers

4 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group So, what is the impact of Domestic Violence on our Mental Health... Depression Anxiety Eating disorders Self-harm Post traumatic stress syndrome Suicide Stress-related illness’s including long-term health conditions, i.e. Arthritis/Diabetes/Multiple Sclerosis etc. Alcohol / Drug abuse Emotionally dependent upon perpetrator

5 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group Our Experiences.... Sam’s: Childhood; First boyfriend; Sibling’s differing responses (two experiencing Domestic Violence – two single) Would anyone else like to share theirs, or someone else’s experience?

6 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group What can be done to prevent and overcome the impact of Domestic Violence on our Mental health? Raise awareness of what Domestic violence (i.e range as highlighted in ‘other forms’) Reduce stigma the stigma of Domestic Violence Stop ‘blaming’ the perpetrator Increase safer places to talk about Domestic Violence More Relationship/Family/Carer therapy Counselling for Childhood and Adulthood experiences

7 Domestic Violence and Mental Health Conference Hackney Refugee Forum’s Health Steering group Okay!.... Thanks for your contribution.... Let’s network and eat!


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