How women from domestic violence situations experience informal nature therapy as part of their trauma healing journey

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Reizvikh, Daria Dasha
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
This study looked at how women from domestic violence utilize nature in healing and what meanings nature, if any, give to the individuals in these populations. The current treatment available for domestic violence is limited to conventional interventions; such as Eye-Movement-Desensitization and Resourcing, Trauma-Informed trans-personal therapy or temporary shelters. This study sought to understand the lived experiences of four adult women, who have experienced domestic violence and utilized nature in their healing journey. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed using interpretive phenomenological approach. The findings showed three phases of experiences: Shut In, Time for Me and The Way It’s Supposed to Be. Nine themes emerged. The themes included negative coping, making the choice to use nature and the ultimate meaning of freedom in healing domestic violence. This research allows future survivors to step forward and participate in a new way of treating trauma or the effects of domestic violence situations.
domestic violence , nature therapy , trauma clients , wilderness therapy