Reclaiming Our Spirits: Development and Pilot Testing of a Health Promotion Intervention for Indigenous Women Who Have Experienced Intimate Partner Violence
Health promotion interventions for women who experience violence are being developed and tested with promising results but have not been developed specifically for Indigenous women. Because they fail to account for the multiple traumas and ongoing racism Indigenous women experience (Herring, Spangaro, Lauw, & McNamara, 2013), mainstream services are often inappropriate or even harmful, deterring health care access, and resulting in misdiagnoses and under‐treatment for Indigenous women (Browne, 2007; Browne, Smye et al., 2011; Denison, Varcoe, & Browne, 2014; Firestone, Smylie, Maracle, Spiller, & O'Campo, 2014).
In this paper, we describe the adaptation, pilot testing, and revision of a health promotion intervention for urban Indigenous women who have experienced IPV. At the end of the study, the intervention being tested in the Aboriginal Women's Intervention (AWI) study was renamed by pilot participants “Reclaiming Our Spirits” (ROS). We conclude by describing the study currently testing the efficacy of the refined intervention.