Mothering Through Domestic Violence

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jul 15, 2006 - Social Science - 176 pages

Research into children and domestic violence in recent years has emphasized the importance of giving positive support to a non-abusive parent for effective child protection. But what exactly does positive support involve?

Based on findings from six primary research studies carried out by the authors themselves, as well as other published research, this book reveals how undermining mothering - specifically, family courts and social work agencies blaming mothers for their own victimization - plays a key role in locking women into abusive relationships and exacerbating the damage done by domestic violence. It explores the principle message drawn from the research: that the needs of individual victims should inform risk assessment and safety planning by welfare practitioners. Case studies are used to explore key issues that should be considered during assessment and planning, such as the psychological impact on children of living in an abusive household; mother and child protection from an abusive partner during court proceedings; and child contact with an abusive parent.

Mothering Through Domestic Violence is essential reading for practitioners working in the fields of family and child welfare, family courts and policy makers.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
6
1 Introduction
7
2 Walking on Eggshells Mothering Through Domestic Violence
19
3 Resisting Mother Blaming
38
4 Domestic Violence and the Maltreatment of Children
49
5 Children Living with Domestic Violence Impacts and Resilience
66
6 Reasserting Power and Control in Child Visitation and Contact
83
7 Mother Blaming in the Courts
103
8 Improving Safety for Women and Children after Separation
122
9 From Blaming Mothers to Providing Positive Support The Role of Welfare Agencies
140
10 Conclusion Linking the Three Planets
158
REFERENCES
162
SUBJECT INDEX
172
AUTHOR INDEX
175
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About the author (2006)

Lorraine Radford is Head of Research at the NSPCC in London. Marianne Hester is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy at the University of Bristol, UK and is co-author of Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader, also by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.