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The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses and Sexual Assault Intervention

This book was written in the United States, where the term forensic nursing means something very different to what it does here.

Forensic nursing in the UK focuses on the mentally disordered offender; rarely do we hear the voice of the victim, so this book helped me to see forensic nursing from this perspective instead.

I found the case studies, quotes and other narratives poignant and, as a former forensic nurse, the book enabled me to reflect on years of work and the people who were missing from the picture.

The book can become repetitive as stories are retold and analysed in different ways. If the author had instead dedicated each chapter to an individual case study, it would have given greater depth to each person’s experiences.

The author’s own reflections were interesting, but at times drifted into an academic stance that did not always seem to fit – perhaps case studies followed by an analytic academic dimension would have been more useful.

Further research to follow up

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