In the dissociative disorder field, it has long been recognised that a proportion of clients report organised abuse from multiple perpetrators during adulthood. Drawing on qualitative research with survivors and mental health workers, this paper takes a criminological perspective on the organised abuse of adults. It describes the most common circumstances in which the organised abuse of adults takes place, the help-seeking experiences of victims and survivors, and the views of mental health professionals who work with them. The paper situates the treatment of these clients within the broader social, cultural and political context, examining how their needs are often misrecognised and neglected by multiple systems (such as the police, criminal justice system, welfare services and health services) and the pressure that this places on the mental health professional.
ISSTD Australia/New Zealand | Regional Conference
27-29 November 2015 | The Westin Sydney, Australia
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