"I connected with other survivors"
"I am no longer ashamed"
One of the participants in our studies had this to say:
“I think that until there is more education in the police departments, the courts and the community, there will always be stigmas attached to abuse.”
What else do you think keeps the stigma surrounding abuse from being eliminated?
We asked the survivors in our study to describe what it means to them to overcome the stigma of having been abused. Here are some of their responses to that question:
"All we can do is share our stories"
"Abuse is wrong in any form"
In a recent interview study with domestic violence service providers, which was led by Drs. Hamid Nemati and Jackie White at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the following exchange took place between the service provider and interviewer: