• Ava Kanyeredzi


Introduction presents an overview of previous research and definitions of concepts used throughout the book. Previous research findings from the UK and USA indicate that internalised discourses positioning Black women as hypersexual, unrapeable, strong, and resilient can act as barriers to seeking help for violence and abuse. Nine women were interviewed for this project; each was invited to bring along personal photographs to assist with speaking about past experiences of violence and abuse, draw maps of their routes to seeking help, annotate diagrams of their relationship to their bodies over the years, and create photographs of spaces, places, and objects that were important to them.


Internalised discourses Strength Resilience Help-seeking 


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  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of East LondonLondonUK

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