Hi, Shelagh. It has been rather confusing trying to respond to your paper. The actual paper without the appendices is rather limited in scope and evidence but the appendices are wonderful. The trouble is that I am experiencing difficulty accessing the appendices. So, here is my response, given that I saw the appendices once but cannot now access them:
In the main paper, your courage in sharing your trauma as a survivor is inspirational. The experiences in the appendices are, as well. The main paper seems like, and this is just my impression, a summary or abbreviation. As such it suffers from a lack of detail and supportive evidence...until I read the appendices.
Your paper describes your experiences but does not talk about how it has informed your research. There are many claims to know but until we see the appendices, we are hearing only your voice. The appendices give the evidence to support the claims to know. Could they or summaries of them be included?
The paper would be strengthened with more explanation.
In mechanical terms, direct quotations (short ones) require full quotation marks and page numbers. It is unclear to me as to the purpose of the use of single quotation marks. You might consider how you would break the Introduction section into headings with chunks of information and how your writing might flow more smoothly. Links between the different sections would help the flow of the paper.
Generally, the experiences described reveal much reflection and growth: a narrative that we as practitioner-researchers need to hear and understand. You have made impressive contributions to improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable people.
If these changes can be made, I would recommend the paper for publication. As it stands, I feel that it is not ready for publication. If I can be of any help, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org