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Book review: Counselling and Psychotherapy a­fter Domestic Violence: A Client View of What Helps Recovery

Resuscitation officer, Amanda Burston reviews Counselling and Psychotherapy a­fter Domestic Violence: A Client View of What Helps Recovery

Counselling and Psychotherapy a­fter Domestic Violence: A Client View of What Helps Recovery 

Jeannette K Roddy

Palgrave Macmillan

£58 | 224pp

ISBN: 9781137434586

This book expands on information gathered from an initial research project undertaken by the author in her transition to becoming a counsellor.

The seven short chapters – which reference key international research projects – cover therapy, domestic abuse, counselling styles, empathy, care and comfort. The focus lies in the relationships between victim and therapist, counsellor or support agent.

Narrative voice

The book has two useful elements. First, it gives a voice to those affected by domestic abuse and an insight into the barriers and difficulties faced by the therapy relationship where trust is precious and the victim fragile. Second is the inclusion of the male victim, who can be overlooked in domestic abuse.

The different responses from female and male clients demonstrate varying needs and expectations during therapy.

It will be a valuable tool for those supporting victims of domestic abuse. It will also help improve nurses’ understanding of patients presenting with suicidal tendencies, self-harm, depression and abuse.


Reviewed by Amanda Burston, resuscitation officer, University Hospital of North Midlands

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