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Women, domestic violence, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Author: Hughes,-Margaret-J; Jones,-Loring
Author Background:
Date 2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Family-Therapy
Volume/Pages Vol 27(3): 125-139
Subject Matter Women, Domestic Violence, Research, Mental Health Services; Post traumatic Stress Disorder; Public Health Services
Abstract Describes a study which examined the public mental health sectors response in the State of California to PTSD in battered women in order to develop recommendations as to how state government could improve its response. The questions addressed were: What California public sector programs are currently designed to provide mental health services to women who have experienced domestic violence? Do these programs recognize PTSD and treat it? What strategies are used to treat PTSD in battered women? How might these programs be improved? Questionnaires on domestic violence programs and treatment strategies were completed by directors of the Mental Health Departments in 27 counties. The results show that public programs in California do not provide mental health services specifically tailored to the mental health needs of battered women, but do provide services for women with PTSD. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)