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Participatory researchWorking with vulnerable groups in research and practice$
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Jo Aldridge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305644

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305644.001.0001

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Participatory research with victims of abuse and trauma

Participatory research with victims of abuse and trauma

women victims-survivors of domestic violence

(p.91) Four Participatory research with victims of abuse and trauma
Participatory research

Jo Aldridge

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on participatory research with victims of abuse and trauma with a particular focus on women victims-survivors of domestic violence. It also considers some of the important reasons why participants such as these require research methods that emphasise personal autonomy and agency, drawing in particular on narrative methods and intensive participatory narrative techniques. Using the example of an ongoing participatory narrative writing project with unsupported women victims-survivors of domestic violence, the chapter demonstrates the value (and challenges) of using participatory research methods with participant groups who are largely isolated or hidden. The chapter also considers the ethical challenges of working with victims-survivors of abuse and trauma and the ways in which participatory narrative approaches can help facilitate important ‘insider’ perspectives

Keywords:   participatory narratives, narrative research, domestic violence, abuse, trauma

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