WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH PREVENTION CENTRE -  NAPLES - ITALY

 

VIOLENCE RISK FACTORS ASSESSMENT AND WOMEN'S MENTAL DISORDERS TREATMENT

 

 

 

 

THE ASSESSMENT

 

 

 

 

-To listen  to the symptoms  as signs of  a life course in which it is possible to find the links among disease, dependency and violence

 

-To pay attention to woman's daily life: workload, family and social context's demand, judgements, self-perception, personal interests, time and spaces for oneself

 

-To reread daily life as overloading: all is on woman's shoulders and she cannot develop friendship and interests outdoors and out of the job

 

-To recognize the link between disease and daily life style: from isolation on the job to isolation at home (she is left alone, with too many responsibilities)

 

-To trace acts of physical and psychological violence in the relationship with the partner as instruments of pressure an push to change woman's way of life

 

-To identify violence consequences in isolation and in a worse self-perception

 

-To outline the links between disease and violence as consequences of factors which are not the woman's responsibility: she is  the victim and must be relieved of all responsibility

 

-To know that , in situations of violence which has become chronic, the woman is not ready to see the partner as a negative person, before the knot of the dependency has been undone

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

THE TREATMENT

 

-To de-structure  and stop the dependency on the partner working towards the overcoming of isolation, the recovery of pre- existing social resources and the input of new social supports

 

-To identify strategies to lighten workloads and role tasks pressure, which are fertile ground for isolation and dependency

 

-To promote personal interests and, by these, to test the disagreement with the partner and own assertiveness

 

-To train adopt behaviour strategies against partner. First rule: don't submit own decisions to partnerís approval

 

-To develop  more realistic self-perception by rediscovering own resources and capabilities, by confirming the m in less judgemental relationships and by testing them in activities out of the family

 

-To review own life project making plans which "start from oneself", and thinking about the possibility of living without the partner (overcoming the fear of staying alone)

 

-To recognize the violence she has experienced and the conditions of a collusion between violence and violent man (overload, criticism, isolation and lack of friends and personal interests)

 

-To free oneself from the perception of relationship as necessary: to regain the capability of deciding what to do in relationship and on the relationship

 

-To get information on support nets suitable to offer help to come out of violence