Rejecting the myth of the ‘perfect victim’
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Rejecting the myth of the ‘perfect victim’

Leanne Patrick Gender-based violence nurse specialist with NHS Fife

Nurses can safeguard women experiencing domestic or sexual violence, but first need to understand survivor behaviours

The recent defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard dominated social media for weeks. There was much online discussion about how a ‘real’ victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence behaves or what ‘true’ survivors look like.

Nursing Standard. 37, 8, 13-13. doi: 10.7748/ns.37.8.13.s10

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