This chapter examines the perceptions of the stage-one participants in relation to their treatment experiences. These experiences include: giving information and advice; counselling; prescription drugs; self-medication; documentation; and issues relating to the perceptions of the participating women. These perceptions are demonstrated through generic and specific examples of bad practice that included a lack of validation of experiences, blaming women, and a lack of advocacy. The discussion presents extracts that demonstrate how the health interaction itself contributes to a woman's understanding of the abusive relationship she is experiencing and the wider help-seeking processes she accesses.
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