Domestic abuse survey.

Domestic abuse survey

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In my profession, I have met and treated lots of different people, with a varied range of disabilities. When I worked as a disability assessor, I noticed a lot of women who were seeking help with conditions such as fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue, also disclosed they had been abused. It got me thinking, is there a link? Abusive conditions affects the neurology in the brain, namely anxiety is heightened and you react on adrenaline or previously conditioned responses?

Also, I am noticing a lot of people who have experienced abuse, also have a child with a diagnosis of developmental disorder. Again, is this a link? As a mother, who also raised a child with ASD and a survivor of domestic abuse, I too want answers.

I was in a 20 year abusive relationship, I suffered with fatigue after I left, in fact I still struggle with fatigue. I believe this is because I had survived on a high level of anxiety. I noticed I was experiencing fatigue when I left the war zone, my body struggled to adjust to the new, non violent peace zone, hence the fatigue. Therefore, I wanted to carry out a survey, to look into these two conditions and see if there was any direct connection.

Services are being slashed everywhere and the budget keeps shrinking. However, the children don’t appear to acknowledged for the severity of their traumas, some of these children are suffering immensely and the services are failing them too. If things like this continue, we’re all doomed as the next generation are going to develop into victims, or abusers. This is where services are needed the most, at its critical time, as this will help them understand, process and release and burden to becoming what they learn’t, regardless of whether they have a developmental disorder or not.

The survey is anonymous, the data collected will be complied into a report for the government on 13th April. All the data collected is for specified research purposes of the campaign and will not be used in any manner incompatible with these purposes; on completion of the report, the data and any information obtained, will be destroyed.

You are invited to participate in a web-based online survey on domestic abuse and health conditions . This is a research survey that is being conducted by Kelly Bristow a registered occupational therapist. It should take approximately 2minutes to complete.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason.

You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this research study. However, your responses may help us learn more about the service supports currently available and help to inform where services need to be placed to prevent further abuse and to support narcisstic a sue recovery.

There is the risk that you may find some of the questions to be sensitive.
There is the risk that some questions may cause emotional discomfort.
Some of the survey questions ask about any health condition and may be distressing to you as you think about your experiences.

The possible risks or discomforts of the study are minimal. You may feel a little uncomfortable, embarrassed, sad or tired answering personal and sensitive survey questions.

Please click on the link above, to complete the survey.

Thank you for your time.


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  1. I have wondered the same thing. My youngest has verbal apraxia, that started when she was about 15 months old. At the time, one of the interventionists who was serving her in the home, mentioned that part of it could be environmental. I’m sure that they noticed the abuse long before I acknowledged it. I tried to excuse the abuse for a very long time. My other child lives with anxiety- his behaviors have been so bizarre that I had him tested for ASD. I have taught in the field of special education for the past 16 years- I have seen so much, I tried to “fix” something that couldn’t be fixed (personality disorder and abusive behaviors). All the best with your research!


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