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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 168-174

Suffering in silence: Stories of Indian women with chronic mental illness and sexual coercion

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Akanksha Rani
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Govindswamy Building (2nd Floor), Hosur Road, Near Bangalore Milk Dairy, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_296_19

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Background: Patriarchy exposes women to various forms of discrimination and oppression. Women are more often blamed for mental illness, which can result in social isolation and stigma. Method: Case Study. Results: Psycho-social intervention aided in empowering women by giving them voices to speak as well as by utilizing their strengths and available community resources to develop a sense of self-efficacy, coping strategies, and support system. Conclusion: Women with chronic mental illness have unique needs and challenges. Mentally ill women face sexual coercion in childhood or adulthood. The factors related to help-seeking in the context of abuse were family reactions, social support, and stigma. Our findings highlight the need to conduct risk assessments and provide community-based and coordinated services during follow-up visits.

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