Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 109–127 | Cite as

Survivor of That Time, That Place: Clinical Uses of Violence Survivors' Narratives

  • Chaya Bhuvaneswar
  • Audrey Shafer


Narratives by survivors of abuse offer compelling entries into the experiences of abuse and its effects on health. Reading such stories can enlarge the clinician's understanding of the complexities of abuse. Furthermore, attention to narrative can enhance the therapeutic options for abuse victims not only in mental health arenas, but also in other medical contexts. In this article we define the genre of survivor narratives, examine one such narrative in particular (Push by Sapphire, 1996), and explore the clinical implications of narrative in abuse victims' clinical care.

abuse narrative survivor stories narrative therapy pediatric sexual abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaya Bhuvaneswar
    • 1
  • Audrey Shafer
  1. 1.Medical studentStanford University School of MedicineStanford

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