Title of ArticleBuilding better relationships: developing critically reflective practice when working preventively with domestic violence and abuse
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection on Practice Development
Author/sJodie Das and Kathryn Waddington
ReferenceVolume 10, Issue 2, Article 12
Date of PublicationNovember 2020
KeywordsCritical reflection, domestic abuse, interprofessional practice, researcher reflexivity

Background and context: This article presents reflections on critical participatory action research into the development of critically reflective practice, conducted by the first author alongside practitioners who work preventively in the field of domestic violence and abuse. It is part of a doctorate in health science undertaken in response to the need to question assumptions, presuppositions and meaning perspectives in what is a complex and harmful area of interprofessional practice.

Aims: The research aims are to develop knowledge and professional/interprofessional practice in this ill-defined area of practice in two phases – phase 1: creating opportunities for interprofessional critical reflection; and phase 2: examining the impact this has on individual and collective practice. This article offers an emerging framework for critically reflective interprofessional practice, and critical reflections on phase 1 of the study, from the perspective of insider/practitioner/researcher, through the lenses of sincerity and significance in qualitative research.

Implications for practice:

The article concludes by proposing potentially important implications for practice development in the following areas:

  • Interprofessional practice
  • The conditions required for developing critically reflective practice
  • How we reveal, understand and work with power dynamics when working with conflict, violence and abuse

This article by Jodie Das and Kathryn Waddington is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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