WINGS

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Women's Impressions – Gathering Stories

Exploring women's experiences of fear and abuse from an alcohol-affected intimate partner

     

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About the study

There is a well established association of heavy and binge drinking with the risk of intimate partner violence (IPV), and increased severity of injury. Little is known about women's experiences of alcohol-related IPV in the broader community, the temporal experience of drinking and violence and the trajectory of relationships involving alcohol-related violence.

The WINGS study draws on women's experience of alcohol-related IPV to better understand the dynamics of drinking and violence, and the strategies women use to keep themselves safe in relation to their partner's drinking and risk of harm. Eighteen women aged 20-50 years living in Victoria were interviewed and the data analysed using Constructivist Grounded Theory methods. The aim of the study is to use this information to help inform prevention strategies.

Researchers

This qualitative research is being undertaken by Ingrid Wilson as part of her doctoral studies with La Trobe University. She is supervised by Professor Angela Taft and Dr Kathryn Graham from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario, Canada. The research is being done in collaboration with the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne - Professor Kelsey Hegarty and Jodie Valpied. Ingrid's doctoral studies are funded by an Australian Postgraduate Research Award.

This study has been approved by the human research ethics committees of La Trobe University (HEC13-040) and the University of Melbourne (1340521).

Contact

To contact Ingrid regarding any aspect of this research, email: wings.study@latrobe.edu.au

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