Sample #7 (Coursework sample)

Title: Counseling Abused Women: Factors Contributing to Successful Outcome

Sample #7 (Coursework sample)

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Violence against women happens in every country all over the world. There is no country in which women are not exposed to some kind of violence. Women and children around the world, across lines of income, class and traditional views, are exposed to physical, sexual and psychological abuse, domestic abuse, inequality, and, in addition, lack of human rights. Worldwide, at least one in every three women is beaten, forced into sex, or abused in some way, most frequently by someone she knows, including her spouse or another male in the family. Violence relates to the lack of human rights, and to legal, economical, and public health problems as well. It influences all areas of the world and is a crucial problem that needs research initiatives directed at the improvement of universal understanding.

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Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that leads to, or is likely to lead to, physical, sexual or psychological damage or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, assault or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether happening in public or private life. Scientific interest in the issue of violence against women and its connections to poor mental health used to be insignificant. Nevertheless, the rise of second wave feminism and activism around women’s rights generated the development of interest in the worldwide social problem of violence against women (Walker, 1989, p.702). The importance of this problem has now been affirmed. Violence against women is legally realized as a priority health and human rights problem (WHO, 1997).

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Medications for abused women have traditionally been available only in abused women’s shelters or from agencies providing services to abused women. However, in recent years, more programmes serving these women have been established in other places, reflecting the growing acknowledgement that women affected by violence live outside of shelters as well, and need service availability in a wide range of settings (National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1998, p.69). Although generically, most abuse related disorders are cured through a number of medications to allay immediate symptoms, and psychotherapy to help with long-term aims and solutions, the particular types of medications and psychotherapies used will differ from the type of disorders that have appeared to develop as a result of having been abused.
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