Stay strong, and never accept it as a way of life.” Australian women’s experiences of abuse and life after abuse
Parker G, Loxton D, Svensson A, Lee C, Warner-Smith P & Young A. “Stay strong, and never accept it as a way of life.” Australian women’s experiences of abuse and life after abuse. Report prepared for Office of the Status of Women, May 2004.
This report was prepared for the Office of the Status of Women.
The report examines the health and well-being of middle-aged women who have experienced any form of abuse. By comparison with women who report no history of abuse, these women are clearly disadvantaged in multiple domains. It emphasises both the health and emotional burden carried by women who have been abused, and the enormous emotional strength these women have drawn upon to rebuild their lives. Their recommendations balance a need for psychological support with a clear preference for practical help to enable them to lead independent, happy and productive lives. The focus on coping with the aftermath of abuse in no way reduces the importance of prevention and of community education, but provides a valuable complement.